How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very 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 name is a folder located 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. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 clearly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: A total deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...