How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the present hosting marketplace are provided by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace provide the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands worldwide will give you exactly the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on today's site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web 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...
Negative Sign No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how great 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)
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 name)
Are you growing puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Problem No.2: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Weak Point Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to access the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting firm. Occasionally, based on the invoicing transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager customers can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 CP sections to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...