How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's web hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you the very same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps answered all website hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are created 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 becoming puzzled? We categorically are!
Drawback No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting distributor. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...