How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present web page hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all website hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...