How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace offer literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most webspace hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer deficiency of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the avid users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 CP sections to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...