How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most webspace hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to delete 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 domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 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 becoming disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...