How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on today's hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered most hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely 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 quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 becoming puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to access the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...