How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on today's web site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire web site hosting market supply literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are just a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled most web page hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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)
Are you becoming disorientated? We clearly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Problem No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration options
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a modern domain name manipulation tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting vendor. Occasionally, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous users can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...