How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web page hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike 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 strong and weak sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most website hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We positively are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point No.3: A complete absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ site hosting CP sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...