How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered all webspace hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number 1: A moronic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 categorically are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too severely.
Weak Point Number Three: A thorough absence of domain administration tools
Do we need to refer to the total lack of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...