How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most webspace hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase 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 easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing confused? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire lack of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel areas to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...