How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all webspace hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting corporation. At times, depending on the billing platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than 120 Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...