How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the current web space hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web space hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all webspace hosting business demands. 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 Number One: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system 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 categorically are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: An entire absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...