How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps fulfilled most site hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, 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 server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 confused? We certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A total absence of domain administration tools
Do we have to bring up the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the zealous users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...