How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on today's web space hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire hosting market provide the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 website hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met all web space hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
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 baffled? We absolutely are!
Problem No.2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too badly.
Downside Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a huge drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting company. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ site hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...