How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present-day web page hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 confused? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...