How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web page hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web page hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, 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 server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number 3: An entire absence of domain name administration options
Do we have to bring up the sheer lack of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP sections to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...