How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web site hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good 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 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 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...