How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied all webspace hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are created 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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 growing disorientated? We certainly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Drawback No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting service provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...