How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web space hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most webspace hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting 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 name 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. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We surely are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...