How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current web space hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good 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)
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 growing disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the billing system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...