How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: A complete absence of domain name management tools
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...