How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k website hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present webspace hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered all website hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful 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 name)
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)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Drawback No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...