How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all webspace hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We certainly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Downside Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...