How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k webspace hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most site hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous 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)
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)
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 perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Inconvenience No.3: A complete absence of domain name administration sections
Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...