How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Predicament Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...