How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brands worldwide will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met all web space hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Predicament Number Three: A complete absence of domain name administration menus
Do we have to cite the absolute deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: 120+ CP sections to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...