How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all site hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete 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 quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful 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 perplexed? We positively are!
Predicament Number 2: The same email folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Negative Side No.3: An entire shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the complete absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...