How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most site hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough lack of a modern domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...