How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the contemporary web hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a normal bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names across the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present-day web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably answered all website hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness No.1: A stupid domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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 perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Weakness Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain name management options
Do we need to mention the utter lack of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast predicament. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Downside No.4: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing tool (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the earnest customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support platform), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weakness No.5: More than one hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...