How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly answered most site hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are located 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 undeniably are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Downside No.3: A total absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the billing platform (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel departments to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...