How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web site hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We positively are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Negative Side Number 3: An entire deficiency of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer shortage of a modern domain manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ web site hosting CP areas to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...