How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most webspace hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
Are you growing confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number Three: An absolute absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Point No.4: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the keen users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...