How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web space hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We categorically are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Weak Point Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...