How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present web page hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web site hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all web space hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 getting nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...