How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's web space hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most web site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 growing puzzled? We positively are!
Weakness No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Problem No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to cite the utter lack of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...