How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all web site hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra 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 domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are set up 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction system (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...