How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current site hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly met all web space hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Weakness No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too harshly.
Negative Side Number Three: A sheer lack of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a major downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the eager clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting CP menus to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...