How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web site hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most web space hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We clearly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 web space hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...