How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small business segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands across the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage No.3: An utter lack of domain management tools
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...