How does cpanel web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique hosting brand names across the world will offer you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on today's site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps covered all web space hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number 1: A foolish domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
public_html/my-second-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-second-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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)
Are you becoming confused? We categorically are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Problem Number 3: An entire lack of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to mention the complete absence of a contemporary domain management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to use the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel webspace hosting firm. Now and then, based on the billing platform (principally made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the ardent users can wind up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management menu; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them fast... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...