How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most webspace hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain 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 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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Side Number Three: A thorough lack of domain administration tools
Do we need to cite the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting distributor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the website hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...