How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k website hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all site hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to erase entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 growing confused? We clearly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter lack of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...