How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present-day site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 delete on the web server, since they all are set up 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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)
Are you growing perplexed? We clearly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Weak Point No.3: An absolute lack of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense predicament. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...