How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all site hosting market preconditions. 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 domain names...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 becoming baffled? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we have to cite the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting corporation. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...