How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 confused? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to cite the total absence of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...