How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web site hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire hosting market offer the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all webspace hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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 fabulous 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 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 growing baffled? We absolutely are!
Weakness Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login places (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting company. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: More than 120 site hosting CP areas to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...