How does cpanel-based web hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small business niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering literally the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market supply one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web space hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely a regular guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domains and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any site hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting suppliers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web space hosting brands in the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps satisfied all web hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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)
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 getting confused? We certainly are!
Downside Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total absence of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Many user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...