How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Weak Point No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Weak Side Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain administration sections
Do we need to mention the absolute deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...