How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all web page hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to refer to the utter absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. At times, based on the billing platform (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 CP departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...