How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most site hosting industry 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 Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 bewildered? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Drawback Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain management menus
Do we have to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...