How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are located 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We surely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name administration menus
Do we have to cite the total deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Downside No.4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ hosting CP areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...