How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which provides a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web page hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands worldwide will give you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all webspace hosting business demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number 1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next 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, because they all are placed 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how wonderful 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 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 name)
Are you growing bewildered? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Weak Side No.3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration interfaces
Do we have to point out the total shortage of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a colossal weakness. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP departments to get to know... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...