How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web space hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the thorough deficiency of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting company. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the eager users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...