How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting market are supplied by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting market provide exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web site hosting providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brands all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all website hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, since 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 name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 becoming bewildered? We positively are!
Problem Number 2: The same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too harshly.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain administration sections
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...