How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all webspace hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: A total shortage of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...