How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the current site hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps met all web page hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A dumb domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting disorientated? We categorically are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too fatally.
Predicament Number 3: An entire absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the utter absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense predicament. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...