How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to mention the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the eager users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...