How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/CP choice. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely a regular guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied most hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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)
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 growing perplexed? We positively are!
Weak Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Problem Number Three: An entire lack of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's an enormous predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Predicament No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support management system? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. At times, depending on the billing tool (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software platform; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...