How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 disorientated? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weakness Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a modern domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...