How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain 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)
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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" interface at all. That's a major problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ hosting CP departments to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...