How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the current web space hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all website hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because 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 is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An entire absence of domain management menus
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...