How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web page hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 site hosting CP areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...