How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the current web space hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke 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-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all website hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing baffled? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ Control Panel departments to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...