How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent 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 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 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 growing confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...