How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled all web hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder system 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Shortcoming No.3: An utter lack of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...