How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole site hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all webspace hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number 1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete completely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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 great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Predicament No.3: An absolute absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Now and then, depending on the billing system (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the keen clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 CP areas to learn... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...