How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how marvelous 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 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 growing baffled? We surely are!
Problem No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Downside No.3: A thorough lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the thorough shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...