How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We positively are!
Drawback Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Downside Number Three: A complete lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to refer to the total shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...