How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web space hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 baffled? We absolutely are!
Weakness No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Problem Number 3: A total lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ website hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...