How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most web page hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 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 becoming confused? We clearly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel areas to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...