How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current webspace hosting market are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most web space hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number 1: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domains, though, be very cautious 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 perplexed? We clearly are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder arrangement on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weakness Number 3: An entire absence of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to bring up the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" section at all. That's a vast problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the zealous customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ webspace hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...