How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting market are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-size business segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace supply one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most web hosting industry requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See 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 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 puzzled? We definitely are!
Problem Number 2: The very same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total shortage of domain name management tools
Do we have to cite the thorough absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting supplier. Now and then, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management software; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ web site hosting CP departments to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...