How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied most site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete lack of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the keen users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...