How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most web page hosting market prerequisites. 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 domain names...
Downside No.1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Weak Side No.3: An absolute absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to refer to the sheer lack of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...