How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on today's website hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names around the world will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most webspace hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Weak Side Number Three: A total shortage of domain administration tools
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...