How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting marketplace offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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 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 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 becoming disorientated? We positively are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same e-mail folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly strengthen their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Weakness No.3: A complete shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a modern domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a major problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting provider. At times, based on the invoice transaction system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel menus to learn... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...