How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all site hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web 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 name is a folder located 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. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 growing disorientated? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...