How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the current hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary website hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 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 becoming confused? We positively are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too harshly.
Disadvantage No.3: An utter lack of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the entire lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...