How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different hosting brands worldwide will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled most web space hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful 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 domain names are quite simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too severely.
Weak Side Number 3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation menus
Do we need to bring up the absolute lack of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the earnest clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...