How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered most web page hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same email folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Problem Number 3: A complete shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we have to point out the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty CP departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...