How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web page hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present web page hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered most webspace hosting business requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely cautious not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the web 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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 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 getting bewildered? We doubtlessly are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same email folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number 3: A total lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the complete deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing platform (particularly conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...