How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace offer absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the current hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most webspace hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 growing nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Side No.3: A thorough absence of domain name management menus
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration tool; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...