How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most website hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to erase 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 very easy to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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)
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 growing perplexed? We categorically are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Inconvenience Number Three: A thorough lack of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting corporation. At times, depending on the billing system (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the ardent customers can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management section; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP areas to grasp... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...