How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all site hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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. Determine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Weak Point Number Three: A total deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the devoted users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...