How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on the present web site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly answered all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 becoming perplexed? We doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain administration interfaces
Do we have to mention the sheer absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal problem. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Occasionally, depending on the billing platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...