How does cpanel-based web site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offerings on today's web site hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-sized business niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace supply strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably met most web space hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A laughable domain name folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to delete fully 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 domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing 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)
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 puzzled? We absolutely are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too gravely.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough lack of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the absolute deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an enormous problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the ardent clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support platform), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP areas to memorize... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...