How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web space hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present web site hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most webspace hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 disorientated? We positively are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the ardent users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...