How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole site hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all web space hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Downside No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A complete lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting company. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ site hosting CP menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...