How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on today's web site hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most site hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
Are you growing bewildered? We definitely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Problem Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...