How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most webspace hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous 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 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 becoming disorientated? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total shortage of domain management options
Do we need to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Drawback No.4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ CP areas to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...