How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands around the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most web site hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 erase on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 becoming baffled? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A complete lack of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the total lack of a modern domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...