How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove completely 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 domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific 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)
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 name)
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 bewildered? We clearly are!
Weakness No.2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number Three: A total lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...