How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present site hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered most web site hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, because 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how excellent 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)
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 getting perplexed? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total shortage of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the thorough shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Disadvantage No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting supplier. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting CP departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...