How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web 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 brand names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's site hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most web space hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: An entire absence of domain name management options
Do we have to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...