How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all web site hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 getting puzzled? We categorically are!
Downside Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign Number 3: A total absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoicing system (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...