How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market provide absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting companies 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 hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
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 becoming confused? We positively are!
Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Predicament No.3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation options
Do we have to point out the complete shortage of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel areas to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...