How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 growing baffled? We surely are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Problem Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...