How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present website hosting market are generated by a very insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled all web site hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, since 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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)
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 getting baffled? We positively are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total lack of domain management GUIs
Do we have to point out the total lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting vendor. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...