How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the current web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same email folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Downside Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain management sections
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a big drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the earnest users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web page hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...