How does cpanel site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the contemporary hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated 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 domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We surely are!
Predicament Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an immense downside. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number Four: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting corporation. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...