How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as most 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 webspace hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all web site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Weak Point No.2: The same mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number Three: A total absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...