How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all web space hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are placed 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Problem No.3: A sheer absence of domain management menus
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, depending on the billing system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...