How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on today's web site hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a regular bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most web hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 confused? We undoubtedly are!
Problem No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too seriously.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...