How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web site hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all webspace hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 getting bewildered? We clearly are!
Problem Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Drawback No.3: A complete lack of domain name manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...