How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled most hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, 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 placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We definitely are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same email folder structure
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too fatally.
Downside No.3: A sheer shortage of domain name administration options
Do we have to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the avid users can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP menus to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...