How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all site hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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 arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the utter absence of a contemporary domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...