How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most webspace hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Weakness Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than 120 web hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...