How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled all web space hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We positively are!
Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ hosting CP departments to learn... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...