How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most webspace hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 name)
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 disorientated? We clearly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Shortcoming Number 3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...