How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly 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 web site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number 3: A total deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...