How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web hosting marketplace furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting option you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different hosting brand names in the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 nonplussed? We categorically are!
Negative Point Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Weakness Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the total absence of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing, domain and tech support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Sometimes, based on the billing tool (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the eager clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name administration user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...