How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k webspace hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most web space hosting market prerequisites. 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 domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully 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 domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number Two: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Point No.4: Many login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...