How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the current site hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all webspace hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are created 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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)
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 nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: A thorough absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the invoicing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...