How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals 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 a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web space hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
Are you becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: An entire lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...