How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web page hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call 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 easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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 confused? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big downside. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel departments to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...