How does cpanel-based website hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly answered all web space hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We unquestionably are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder system
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too severely.
Weak Point Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a huge weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support management tool? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management GUI; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better memorize them swiftly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...