How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k website hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all webspace hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 becoming confused? We undoubtedly are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A total absence of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a big problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Predicament Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP sections to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...