How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole hosting market provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/site hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web page hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number 1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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)
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)
Are you growing perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number Three: A sheer absence of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting firm. Occasionally, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...