How does cpanel site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole site hosting market supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: A complete lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...