How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on today's web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different website hosting brand names across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all web hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous 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 name)
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)
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 becoming perplexed? We positively are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to refer to the total lack of a modern domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting company. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the avid users can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain administration tool; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Problem Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...