How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary web page hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered most site hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: An entire absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to point out the entire lack of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...