How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present site hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k webspace hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most site hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ web hosting CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...