How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the current web site hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting market supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web site hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all web space hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
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 growing baffled? We undeniably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too badly.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain administration options
Do we need to refer to the utter deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain and technical support management platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the eager customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ CP sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...