How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number One: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 getting puzzled? We certainly are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Downside Number Three: An utter absence of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the utter shortage of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Shortcoming Number Four: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than 120 site hosting CP departments to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better memorize them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...