How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web site hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 becoming bewildered? We certainly are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Downside Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a big downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...