How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the current hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...