How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market provide the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web space hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We undeniably are!
Downside No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Predicament Number 3: An utter lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the zealous users can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP areas to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 menus inside the hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...