How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled all web space hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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 erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 name)
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 getting nonplussed? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation options
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...