How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled all web space hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We clearly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: An utter deficiency of domain management options
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the eager users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...