How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all web site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to remove completely 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 domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Downside No.3: An absolute lack of domain name management tools
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a modern domain name management user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting CP areas to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...