How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all webspace hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 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 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)
Are you becoming confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...