How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web page hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all web site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 growing puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Downside Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the total shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 site hosting CP departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...