How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the present web site hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web space hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably satisfied all web space hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web server, since 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 name is a folder placed 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. See for yourself how terrific 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 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 name)
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 growing confused? We surely are!
Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side No.3: An utter lack of domain management tools
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management section; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web page hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...