How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the hosting 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 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. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Predicament Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to mention the total absence of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...