How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web page hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied all web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent 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 server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
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 nonplussed? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Aspect No.3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the total shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...