How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brand names around the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled all web hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific 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 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 name)
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 growing puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Problem Number 3: A thorough lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the devoted customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ site hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...