How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all web site hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 puzzled? We absolutely are!
Problem Number 2: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we need to refer to the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...