How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 growing perplexed? We definitely are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...