How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market supply absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k webspace hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all web page hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully 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 domains are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, 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 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 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 becoming confused? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Downside Number Three: A total lack of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the total absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...