How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered most web site hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: A thorough lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the entire shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Now and then, depending on the billing system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...