How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace supply one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all web site hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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, 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...