How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the devoted users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...