How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most webspace hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number One: An idiotic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 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 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 becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Problem Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting firm. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...