How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present web page hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 site hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most webspace hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 name)
Are you growing confused? We doubtlessly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management menus
Do we have to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...