How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web space hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 getting confused? We categorically are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire absence of domain management interfaces
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...