How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present-day site hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A foolish domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra attentive not to remove 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. Decide for yourself how good 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 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 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)
Are you getting bewildered? We surely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too gravely.
Weak Point No.3: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we have to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weak Point No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing tool (principally designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain name administration platform; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...