How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web page hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very careful not to delete completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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 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 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 getting baffled? We categorically are!
Drawback No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Drawback No.3: A total shortage of domain name management options
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ Control Panel areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...