How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most webspace hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
public_html/rebeka (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/rebeka.my-third-wife.net (a sub-domain of an add-on domain)
Are you getting puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect No.3: A sheer absence of domain management sections
Do we have to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...