How does cpanel hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brands around the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A dumb domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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 fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A total absence of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the entire absence of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the devoted clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP sections to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...