How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all site hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, 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 server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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 perplexed? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: An entire absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...