How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present-day site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web space hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all web hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 growing confused? We categorically are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the eager users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...