How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace offer one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands around the world will offer you the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's web site hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps covered most web space hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point No.1: A ludicrous domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to erase completely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are located 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 confused? We certainly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too severely.
Weak Side Number 3: A total lack of domain name administration sections
Do we have to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support management tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel departments to learn... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...