How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all web site hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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)
Are you getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the keen clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...