How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/site hosting CP option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since 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 name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide 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 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)
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 confused? We unquestionably are!
Downside No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain management platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...