How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands in the world will give you the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, 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 web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 categorically are!
Weakness No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number 3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the total deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ web page hosting CP sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...