How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current web page hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all website hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We undeniably are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: A total shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to point out the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's an immense drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Many login locations (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing system (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...