How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide 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 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)
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 nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Problem Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...