How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present web space hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market supply the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web site hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most website hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check 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 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 growing baffled? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we have to mention the utter lack of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...