How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Downside No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete deficiency of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the entire absence of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...