How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on today's webspace hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all website hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully 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 domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the total absence of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ web page hosting CP areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...