How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary web page hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web page hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete completely 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). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great 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 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 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 getting confused? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: An absolute absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become 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 firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...