How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web site hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same email folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...