How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are provided by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a regular guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web site hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brand names across the world will offer you the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all web space hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 becoming confused? We clearly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to bungle things up too seriously.
Weak Side No.3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the complete absence of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number Four: Many login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the avid customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration section; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 webspace hosting CP departments to get to know... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...