How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 created 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Weak Point Number 3: A complete lack of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...