How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met most web page hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number Three: An entire lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's an immense weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the billing system (particularly intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...