How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting option you can select? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present web page hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 growing baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Downside Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Weak Side Number Three: A complete absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to access the billing, domain and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the avid users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...