How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace supply the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered most site hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, 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 server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 bewildered? We definitely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same email folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Weak Point Number 3: An utter lack of domain management tools
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management software solution; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than 120 site hosting CP areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...