How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We absolutely are!
Drawback No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience No.3: An entire shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...