How does cpanel website hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market offer exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number 1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to delete entirely 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 domain names are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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 becoming puzzled? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: An utter deficiency of domain management interfaces
Do we have to refer to the utter lack of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ site hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...