How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing one and the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace supply precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting option you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k web site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brand names across the world will give you the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met all web site hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful 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)
Are you growing perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Side Number Three: An absolute shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. At times, based on the billing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...