How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web space hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most site hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are situated 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 situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too gravely.
Downside Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to cite the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing tool (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...