How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web page hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all site hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 certainly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Disadvantage No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...