How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace provide exactly 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 require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k webspace hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 easy to erase on the 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you growing puzzled? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Problem Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the total absence of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...