How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled all webspace hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove 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 name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...