How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present site hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most web site hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how good 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: An entire lack of domain name administration options
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...