How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most web site hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to erase 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 quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the eager clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 web site hosting CP sections to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...