How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present web space hosting market are provided by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you literally the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most web site hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We unquestionably are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the earnest users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...