How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present-day hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met most web site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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)
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)
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 baffled? We definitely are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the complete lack of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...