How does cpanel-based web site hosting work?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all website hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine 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)
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 becoming perplexed? We surely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: An absolute absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to bring up the sheer shortage of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's an immense problem. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting corporation. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the keen clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management menu; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ hosting CP departments to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...