How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly 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 site hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all web hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: A thorough lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, depending on the billing platform (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the avid customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...