How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most site hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are located 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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 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 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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Disadvantage No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...