How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web page hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all site hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Drawback Number Two: The same email folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Problem Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...