How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web site hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 getting bewildered? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Downside Number Three: A complete shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login places (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...