How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly covered all web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase 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 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 growing bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name administration sections
Do we have to point out the absolute deficiency of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a vast predicament. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (especially built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...