How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire web hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the current hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because 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 name 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
Are you getting puzzled? We positively are!
Weakness No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Point No.3: An utter shortage of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a modern domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...