How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number 3: An entire shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than 120 CP sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...