How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web site hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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 getting confused? We absolutely are!
Predicament No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Predicament Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...