How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all site hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete completely 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 simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 nonplussed? We certainly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total absence of domain management sections
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...