How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 getting disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Predicament No.3: A thorough absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the ardent customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP areas to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...