How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web space hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all web site hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web site hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...