How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on today's web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all site hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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)
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 growing perplexed? We certainly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...