How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names in the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most web space hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We surely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: An entire absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ Control Panel sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...