How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most web space hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We categorically are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Drawback No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to refer to the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...