How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web space hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all web site hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...