How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the contemporary website hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "webspace hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably satisfied most web page hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful 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 very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Negative Point No.2: The very same email folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Inconvenience No.3: An absolute shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a gigantic disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and tech support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing transaction/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: 120+ Control Panel menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them rapidly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...