How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most webspace hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ site hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...