How Does cPanel-based Hosting Operate?
cPanel-based web site hosting or... cPanel hosting?!?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web space hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole site hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, 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, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 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 flummoxed? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer absence of domain administration menus
Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ web site hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...