How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present site hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most website hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 clearly are!
Predicament No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...