How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the current web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...