How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names in the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all web hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: A total shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's very 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 are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...