How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet offering exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/CP choice. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most site hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Point No.2: The very same email folder structure
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Problem No.3: A total absence of domain name administration options
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (principally tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the avid clients can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a superb idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...