How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all web page hosting market requirements. 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...
Drawback Number One: An idiotic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing 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)
Are you getting baffled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total absence of domain name administration tools
Do we have to point out the total deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...