How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web space hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most web site hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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, because they all are set up 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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 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 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 categorically are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same email folder setup
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to cite the complete deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web space hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP menus to learn... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...