How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. See for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We definitely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An entire shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...