How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace furnish literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web page hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brand names across the world will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered most hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 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)
Are you becoming bewildered? We certainly are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number Three: An absolute lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name management tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 Control Panel areas to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...