How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most web site hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, 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 web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain 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)
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 growing disorientated? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: An entire shortage of domain management options
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the ardent customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ Control Panel sections to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...