How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web page hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 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 getting confused? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Problem Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management options
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...