How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most webspace hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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)
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 becoming baffled? We categorically are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total lack of domain management sections
Do we have to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...