How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying absolutely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market offer literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled all website hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to 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 remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming puzzled? We categorically are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Aspect No.3: An utter absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the total shortage of a modern domain name administration user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting company. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...