How does cpanel web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled most web page hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove 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 very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We absolutely are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: A thorough lack of domain administration tools
Do we need to bring up the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...