How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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)
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 disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Downside No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we have to refer to the entire deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the keen users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...