How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on today's hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply 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 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered most hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely 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 quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
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 getting puzzled? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management sections
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...