How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's web space hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely 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 domains are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We definitely are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: A total lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...