How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most site hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
Are you growing baffled? We definitely are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to mention the entire shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...