How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We absolutely are!
Predicament Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name management tools
Do we need to point out the thorough absence of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the eager users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel sections to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...