How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole site hosting market supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most web site hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove 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 erase on the hosting server, since 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 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: An entire lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to mention the total lack of a modern domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP menus to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...