How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace supply strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/web hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands around the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on today's site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably covered all site hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next 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, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 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 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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Problem No.3: An entire deficiency of domain management menus
Do we have to refer to the complete lack of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the billing system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is availing of, the keen clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get familiar with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better pick them up promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...