How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present web page hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all site hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, 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 baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A total absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...