How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on today's web site hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web space hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all web site hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete completely 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 web server, since they all are situated 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 becoming baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...