How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all web space hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 growing bewildered? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage No.3: An entire shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the complete lack of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing system (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the eager customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...