How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the present web space hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied most site hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number One: A moronic domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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)
Are you getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Drawback No.2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly increase their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to refer to the thorough shortage of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting provider. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the eager clients can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ hosting CP areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...