How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present site hosting market are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small business segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting option you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most web site hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent 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)
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 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 disorientated? We definitely are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too severely.
Negative Aspect Number Three: A complete lack of domain name administration options
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (principally meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the ardent customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...