How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present site hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 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)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We certainly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we have to mention the thorough absence of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...