How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can select? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all web hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful 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 delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We undeniably are!
Downside Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Drawback Number Three: A total absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the billing system (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ site hosting CP departments to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...