How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting marketplace 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 marketing niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k site hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most web site hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove completely 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 domains are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 growing nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback No.2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a considerable predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP sections to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...