How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which generates a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing literally the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market supply exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 web site hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brand names all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number 1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 becoming confused? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: A complete shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we need to cite the complete deficiency of a modern domain name administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a major downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Downside No.4: Many login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the billing transaction tool (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ Control Panel sections to learn... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...