How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...