How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all web site hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious 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 domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify 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 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 name)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Side Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management menus
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the keen users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...