How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web page hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web page hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, 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 situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 disorientated? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Predicament No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the zealous users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...