How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on today's web page hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates an enormous quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole site hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all webspace hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A dumb domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We clearly are!
Predicament No.2: The same mail folder system
The mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly reinforce their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete absence of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a big drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the eager users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...