How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the current web page hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most web site hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 getting disorientated? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Point No.2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...