How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the current site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most web hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine 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)
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 becoming baffled? We unquestionably are!
Predicament Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total deficiency of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...