How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on today's web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web page hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most webspace hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: An imbecilic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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 puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Disadvantage Number 3: An entire lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ site hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...