How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mostly 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 whole website hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web site hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web space hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Weak Side No.3: An entire lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...