How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most webspace hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 remove on the server, since they all are placed 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Problem No.3: A total lack of domain name administration options
Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel sections to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...