How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web site hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the earnest users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 site hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...