How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k webspace hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 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 disorientated? We definitely are!
Downside No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Predicament Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...