How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the current web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different site hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied all site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful 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 name)
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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP sections to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...