How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brand names around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met most web page hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase completely 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 domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 becoming disorientated? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number Three: A total shortage of domain administration menus
Do we have to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the devoted users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...