How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole website hosting market furnish the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web page hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 confused? We unquestionably are!
Problem Number Two: The same electronic mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too severely.
Weakness Number 3: A total lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the avid clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...