How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are just a regular fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web space hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the server, because they all are set up 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 growing confused? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Inconvenience No.3: A thorough absence of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to refer to the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense problem. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting corporation. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...