How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web space hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most webspace hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting confused? We surely are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...