How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most webspace hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...