How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web space hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: A thorough lack of domain manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...