How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web space hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most site hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
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 perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A total absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the billing platform (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely arrogant 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 know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...