How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 site hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's web page hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are placed 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Downside Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A sheer absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the eager users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...