How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present web space hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most web site hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful 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 very simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing baffled? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...