How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 growing perplexed? We undeniably are!
Weak Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: A complete lack of domain management options
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...