How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most web space hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We positively are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number Three: A total lack of domain name management sections
Do we have to bring up the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting supplier. At times, based on the invoicing platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...