How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the contemporary web page hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing tool (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ site hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...