How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting option you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all web site hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, because 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain management tools
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...