How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's site hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully 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 very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Problem Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...