How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most website hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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)
Are you growing nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...