How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web page hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 getting perplexed? We clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Problem No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...