How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A moronic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 growing disorientated? We absolutely are!
Problem Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer lack of domain administration tools
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...