How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 getting perplexed? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Problem No.3: An utter lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Many login places (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...