How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most site hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 baffled? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...