How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most web space hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific 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)
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)
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 clearly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Predicament Number 3: An entire absence of domain name management menus
Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...