How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present site hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to erase 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough absence of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer lack of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...