How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 name)
Are you getting disorientated? We clearly are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Drawback No.3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to cite the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal problem. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...