How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the current hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most web space hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: An idiotic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra watchful not to delete fully 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough absence of domain management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" interface at all. That's a huge shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the devoted clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...