How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most webspace hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A dumb domain folder system
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 call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 disorientated? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number Three: A total absence of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...