How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 puzzled? We clearly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Predicament Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...