How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web space hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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. Discover for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great drawback. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...