How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web page hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects 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 possibly fulfilled most web site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 becoming bewildered? We surely are!
Downside Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Problem Number Three: An entire shortage of domain administration options
Do we have to point out the total lack of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely 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 too...