How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all website hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new 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 delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 getting confused? We surely are!
Weakness No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management options
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...