How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web space hosting marketplace are generated by a very insignificant business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/CP option. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different hosting brand names across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on today's website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We surely are!
Negative Point No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Predicament Number 3: A complete lack of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to mention the complete lack of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Weakness No.4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing platform (especially invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: 120+ web space hosting Control Panel sections to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...