How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web space hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple 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 name 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. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 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 name)
Are you getting nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A total lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel sections to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...