How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web page hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most web space hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number 3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Problem Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ CP menus to pick up... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...