How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current web site hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all web page hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 growing baffled? We categorically are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number Three: A complete shortage of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...