How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 erase on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A total absence of domain administration menus
Do we have to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...