How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present-day site hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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)
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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We undeniably are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: An entire shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing platform (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...