How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a vast quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing strictly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web space hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web site hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200,000 web space hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the present web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps fulfilled all site hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback No.1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite 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 very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We doubtlessly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The very same email folder configuration
The email folder arrangement on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Point Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the sheer deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Many user login locations (min two, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel webspace hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoicing platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them quickly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...