How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all site hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 name)
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 bewildered? We categorically are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the total shortage of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP sections to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...