How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on today's web page hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most web space hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number 3: An utter shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 site hosting CP departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...