How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most web space hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely 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 domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 name)
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 getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...