How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain management interfaces
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...