How does cpanel web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: A complete shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we have to cite the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting CP sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...