How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the current web hosting market are generated by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the whole web space hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met most hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament Number One: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be very watchful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point No.3: A complete shortage of domain manipulation tools
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a huge problem. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Downside No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the earnest clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a fine idea to get acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...