How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are just a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web site hosting brand names across the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered all web page hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 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 getting bewildered? We definitely are!
Predicament Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly enhance their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to fuck things up too seriously.
Negative Point No.3: An entire lack of domain manipulation options
Do we have to bring up the thorough lack of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration tool? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the devoted customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ departments inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them swiftly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...