How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 website hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands around the world will give you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered all site hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Predicament No.3: An entire lack of domain name management tools
Do we have to bring up the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a mammoth downside. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction system (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web site hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...