How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web page hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Predicament Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough absence of domain management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the total shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...