How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's web page hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied most website hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 growing confused? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to cite the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a location 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 DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP menus to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...