How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the current web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting market offer exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an ordinary person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web page hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, 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, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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)
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 growing bewildered? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain management options
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's an enormous predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the avid users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting CP sections to learn... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web space hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...