How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names around the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
Are you growing perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...