How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web site hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name administration sections
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...