How does cpanel-based site hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire site hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web page hosting firms out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web site hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably covered most web page hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We certainly are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number 3: A sheer absence of domain name administration tools
Do we need to mention the complete shortage of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's an immense inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel site hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing tool (principally meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the zealous users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP menus to become acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ sections inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...