How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k site hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all site hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 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 baffled? We definitely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Drawback Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the keen users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...