How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web space hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name 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 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 becoming confused? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same mail folder system
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number Three: An utter lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a great downside. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...