How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web site hosting market is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all web hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A foolish domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Predicament Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we have to cite the utter shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a great disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail 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-based web site hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...