How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on today's web hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web page hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands around the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied most web page hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We undoubtedly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration GUIs
Do we need to point out the entire deficiency of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...