How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all hosting market preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder system 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 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)
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)
Are you getting bewildered? We clearly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Side No.3: A sheer absence of domain name management sections
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Now and then, on the basis of the billing platform (principally invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...