How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most webspace hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase fully 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 very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 growing baffled? We surely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter absence of domain administration tools
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...