How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web page hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 easy to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain name)
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)
Are you getting confused? We categorically are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Predicament No.3: An utter lack of domain administration tools
Do we need to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: 120+ site hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...