How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully 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 domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the absolute absence of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the eager customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a great idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...