How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web page hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all web page hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully 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 quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 positively are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the total absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. Now and then, based on the invoicing system (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...