How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all web page hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to delete entirely 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Predicament Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to learn... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant 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...