How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present web space hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a normal person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web site hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered all webspace hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 becoming confused? We definitely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 site hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...