How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current web page hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 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 nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: An entire deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an enormous predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...