How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present webspace hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web page hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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)
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 growing nonplussed? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: A total shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a major downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...