How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all website hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Side No.3: A total lack of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ web site hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...