How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all web space hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 growing disorientated? We certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An entire lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...