How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web page hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are situated 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 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 confused? We positively are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A thorough absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the complete lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...