How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most web page hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how excellent 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Predicament No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An entire absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...