How does cpanel hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the current site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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)
Are you getting disorientated? We surely are!
Downside Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Downside Number Three: An utter lack of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 web space hosting CP areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...