How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web page hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next 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 erase on the hosting server, because they all are created 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful 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 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)
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 growing puzzled? We surely are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name administration options
Do we need to point out the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the avid customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...