How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web site hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied most webspace hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good 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)
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 becoming nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Sign Number 3: A complete lack of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Problem Number Four: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...