How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all webspace hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since 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 is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting corporation. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...