How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal 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 strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly covered most hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, since they all are located 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute absence of domain name management tools
Do we need to mention the entire lack of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...