How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most webspace hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 growing nonplussed? We certainly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter shortage of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...