How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on today's hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web space hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 becoming disorientated? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...