How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web site hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See 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)
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 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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We categorically are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Downside No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ site hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...