How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present-day web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web site hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
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 one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered all web page hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A laughable domain folder setup
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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Check for yourself how great 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)
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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Negative Sign No.3: A thorough lack of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a modern domain management menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great predicament. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the earnest users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ Control Panel menus to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...