How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k webspace hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brand names in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all web space hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We positively are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Predicament No.3: A total deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we have to mention the complete deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ web space hosting CP sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...