How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present web site hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most web site hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 name)
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)
Are you getting puzzled? We undeniably are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's very impertinent 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? Mark that one as well...