How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present-day site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 web hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most web hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very attentive not to delete fully 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 domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
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 growing bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The very same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Negative Side Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the complete shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...