How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire site hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web site hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the current web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web site hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain management options
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ web hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...