How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 web page hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose 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 occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met most web hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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 bewildered? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting firm. At times, based on the billing transaction system (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...