How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 getting puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total lack of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...