How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase completely 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 quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous 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)
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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A total absence of domain administration menus
Do we need to cite the utter shortage of a modern domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, shield 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 a huge drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Problem No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...