How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web space hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web space hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably met all website hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 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 nonplussed? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number Two: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too seriously.
Negative Side No.3: A complete absence of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge downside. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to access the billing, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...