How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 confused? We certainly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Drawback Number Three: An entire lack of domain name management tools
Do we have to bring up the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP menus to learn... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...