How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the current web space hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all website hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 baffled? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Predicament Number Three: A total absence of domain administration sections
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...