How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the current web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains 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, at present there are more than 200k web site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all web page hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 puzzled? We positively are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number 4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...