How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the present site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which generates an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brands across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all webspace hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
Are you growing baffled? We surely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly fortify their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weakness Number Three: A total absence of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the complete absence of a modern domain administration interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (particularly designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...