How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary site hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met most hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Negative Side Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...