How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered most website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 getting disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Shortcoming No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the avid customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...