How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web site hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brand names worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps satisfied all webspace hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 getting confused? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number 3: An utter shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ web site hosting CP areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...