How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are supplied by a very inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the current site hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied most webspace hosting market demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 getting confused? We clearly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name administration GUIs
Do we have to point out the sheer absence of a contemporary domain management menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially meant for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...