How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all webspace hosting industry prerequisites. 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: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We definitely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...