How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all site hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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)
Are you becoming baffled? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number 3: A total absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...