How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary webspace hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web site hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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)
Are you getting disorientated? We definitely are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number 3: A total lack of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer absence of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament Number Four: Numerous login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based website hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...