How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most site hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 growing confused? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...