How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web page hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to remove completely 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 domain names are very easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 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 certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Weak Point Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a contemporary domain management tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...