How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small business niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on today's site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A stupid domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra cautious not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 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)
Are you getting confused? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total lack of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Problem No.4: Many user login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...