How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace offer exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered most hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We certainly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A total absence of domain administration tools
Do we have to mention the total shortage of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Many login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (principally invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...