How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web space hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most web site hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Downside Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management options
Do we have to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 web space hosting CP departments to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...