How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page 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 hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most web hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Disadvantage No.3: A total absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to point out the thorough absence of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...