How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web site hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel areas to learn... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...