How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market offer absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web page hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current site hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web space hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Sign No.3: A total absence of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to cite the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...