How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most site hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 getting puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Problem Number Three: A thorough absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the avid clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...