How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most website hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: A complete absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the sheer lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...