How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered all web page hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...