How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web page hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present webspace hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 baffled? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing system (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ site hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...