How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 becoming nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Problem No.3: An entire lack of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...