How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present website hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering strictly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market furnish the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k site hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on today's site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all web space hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 becoming disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous login places (min two, max 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting vendor. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (particularly made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...