How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most website hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific 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 name)
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)
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 bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing system (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...