How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200,000 "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all webspace hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 nonplussed? We positively are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Weakness Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the avid users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a terrific idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...