How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove entirely 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good 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 name)
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 growing puzzled? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. At times, based on the billing tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...