How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on today's site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most web page hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing 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)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Downside No.3: An absolute lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the utter absence of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the billing system (particularly created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...