How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all web space hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove entirely 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 domains are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 growing confused? We definitely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter absence of domain management sections
Do we need to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web space hosting CP areas to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...