How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's site hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly satisfied all web space hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Drawback No.3: An entire deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...