How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the present web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small business segment, which supplies a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market offer absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The site hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are just an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably met all hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be very careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web 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 located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 growing disorientated? We positively are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too seriously.
Weakness No.3: A sheer shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" interface at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Multiple login places (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for another login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting service provider. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration menu; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to pick up... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...