How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting market offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply 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 2%, note that one...
200k "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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 erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing 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)
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 name)
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 positively are!
Problem Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to make use of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...