How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's site hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web site hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met most web site hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Predicament Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. At times, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...