How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 getting puzzled? We certainly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weak Point Number 3: An entire absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...