How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the contemporary webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful 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)
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 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 becoming puzzled? We categorically are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to mention the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the ardent users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...