How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web page hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most web site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing 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)
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)
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 growing baffled? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP areas to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...