How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique site hosting brands all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly fulfilled all web page hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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 becoming confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point Number Three: A total shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we have to point out the complete lack of a contemporary domain administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login places (min two, max three)
How about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction tool (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the eager customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP sections to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...