How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met all webspace hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you growing disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to cite the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...