How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side No.1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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)
Are you growing bewildered? We certainly are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a modern domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...