How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace provide strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most web page hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign No.3: An absolute lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ website hosting Control Panel menus to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...