How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on today's web space hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most web space hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, since 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 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 surely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...