How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all web site hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...