How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps answered most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the hosting 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Negative Point Number Three: A total lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we need to point out the utter absence of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...