How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present web page hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Assume you are simply a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web 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 different site hosting brand names around the world will offer you the very same cPanel CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web site hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 baffled? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: An entire absence of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the complete absence of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management system? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web space hosting CP sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...