How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current web page hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation 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 positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully 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 domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...