How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered all hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 getting confused? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total deficiency of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...