How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 bewildered? We surely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to refer to the total absence of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...