How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated 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 situated 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. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 perplexed? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weak Point No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...