How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market offer 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. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's web site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent 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 hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 growing baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...