How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on today's hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k webspace hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met most website hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number 2: The same mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name administration options
Do we need to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a major problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...