How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all web hosting market prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We certainly are!
Negative Point Number 2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A total absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to get to know... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...