How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the present web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A foolish domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing puzzled? We absolutely are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too severely.
Inconvenience Number Three: An entire shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...