How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present web site hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all site hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive 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 domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 nonplussed? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: A sheer lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP sections to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...