How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same solutions: 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 page hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most web page hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 getting puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Problem Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...