How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the current web space hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole website hosting market furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious 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 domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We absolutely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same email folder structure
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the earnest customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...