How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the current web space hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brand names worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present-day web site hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all web hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 simple to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 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 growing disorientated? We definitely are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Inconvenience Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to cite the utter deficiency of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel departments to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...