How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands all over the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web page hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 confused? We surely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...