How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the present website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web page hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A ludicrous domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 disorientated? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A total lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to point out the sheer deficiency of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel menus to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...