How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire hosting market offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present web site hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most web page hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 puzzled? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A sheer lack of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the total absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Many login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the zealous clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...