How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web site hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good 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 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)
Are you growing puzzled? We clearly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Downside Number 3: An entire absence of domain management sections
Do we have to refer to the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...