How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered most hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A complete absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...