How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k site hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all website hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing 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)
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)
Are you getting disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the total shortage of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than 120 site hosting CP sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...