How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which provides an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k webspace hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 growing perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number 3: An utter absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to refer to the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a great idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...