How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different webspace hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered most web space hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very watchful not to delete 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
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 confused? We definitely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: An entire shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to point out the sheer lack of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing platform (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to become familiar with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...