How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 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 confused? We certainly are!
Weak Side No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...