How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all webspace hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 growing perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Drawback No.3: An utter shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous downside. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...