How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web site hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly fulfilled most website hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, 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 hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 name)
Are you getting baffled? We undeniably are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Negative Point No.3: A total shortage of domain management menus
Do we have to point out the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weak Point No.4: Many login places (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...