How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on today's hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number 3: A total shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to refer to the complete absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing tool (particularly tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...