How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the entire website hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web space hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web site hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully 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 easy to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 growing bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...