How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps satisfied most hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We categorically are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Drawback No.3: An entire absence of domain management menus
Do we need to mention the thorough absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...