How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the current web site hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web page hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most site hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra careful not to erase fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 puzzled? We undeniably are!
Drawback No.2: The same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Negative Side No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to mention the entire shortage of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an immense downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Problem No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing tool (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the avid users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP sections to memorize... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...