How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 site hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all web page hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, 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 web server, because they all are set up 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 growing bewildered? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management software? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...