How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most web hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
Are you becoming baffled? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too harshly.
Weak Point Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain management menus
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weakness No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 website hosting CP sections to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...