How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: 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 hosting offerings on the entire hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain name management sections
Do we have to refer to the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the earnest customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...