How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We surely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...