How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic 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 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)
Are you growing bewildered? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total lack of domain name management tools
Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...