How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met most web page hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Downside No.3: An entire deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...