How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole website hosting market provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are only a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands in the world will offer you the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied most webspace hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Problem No.3: A total lack of domain administration tools
Do we have to mention the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting service provider. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than 120 web site hosting CP sections to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...