How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current web space hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to delete completely 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 domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic 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 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)
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 getting nonplussed? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side No.3: An utter absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...