How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, because 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 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 confused? We unquestionably are!
Drawback Number Two: The same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Predicament No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to point out the total shortage of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting distributor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...