How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web space hosting suppliers 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 in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all web site hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number 3: A total absence of domain name management sections
Do we need to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting distributor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...