How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, at present there are more than 200k web site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web space hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how terrific 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 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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We clearly are!
Weakness Number 2: The same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point No.3: An utter shortage of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to cite the complete lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's an enormous weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Sign No.4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (principally conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software; 2: the ticket support section), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel sections to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's inordinately impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...