How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
Are you getting baffled? We definitely are!
Predicament Number 2: The same email folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too harshly.
Problem Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the complete absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Many login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...