How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which generates a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied all hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed 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 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. Determine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 perplexed? We absolutely are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too fatally.
Predicament No.3: A thorough absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense drawback. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Drawback No.4: Multiple user login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Now and then, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience Number Five: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...