How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k webspace hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most web page hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove entirely 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
public_html/my-family (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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 bewildered? We categorically are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number 3: A complete shortage of domain administration tools
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...