How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all webspace hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 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 becoming baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...