How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's site hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all webspace hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent 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)
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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to cite the utter absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...