How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides a big amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience No.3: An utter absence of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...