How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered most webspace hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 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 getting puzzled? We clearly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we have to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...