How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k webspace hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all web page hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We certainly are!
Predicament No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number Three: A total absence of domain name management menus
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge problem. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the keen clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...