How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all webspace hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: A total lack of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to mention the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...