How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary web site hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: A total lack of domain management sections
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...