How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the current hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day web space hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 unquestionably are!
Downside Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience Number Three: A complete lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the earnest clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web page hosting CP menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...