How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current web space hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied all hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total absence of domain name administration options
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...