How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present site hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: 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 hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web site hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We categorically are!
Weak Side No.2: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting 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 handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: A total absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...