How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 bewildered? We positively are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...