How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present web site hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all webspace hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase fully 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 domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are situated 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover 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)
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 bewildered? We positively are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weakness No.3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the sheer absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...