How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200k "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brand names worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web space hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 becoming perplexed? We categorically are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A complete lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to refer to the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...