How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely an average chap who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all web hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 domains, please. Observe for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 growing confused? We clearly are!
Downside No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the sheer absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a vast problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Problem Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...