How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k site hosting firms in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled all web page hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We clearly are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name administration menus
Do we have to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 CP areas to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...