How does cpanel web site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace 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 CP choice. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can select? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web space hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will offer you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled all web site hosting market demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: An idiotic domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming bewildered? We positively are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Weak Side Number Three: A total shortage of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to refer to the total lack of a contemporary domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction tool (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel menus to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...