How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web page hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web site hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to erase 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 domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We surely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Predicament Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number Four: Many login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...