How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market furnish one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average guy who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web space hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands worldwide will give you the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all webspace hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely cautious not to delete entirely 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). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
Are you getting nonplussed? We surely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: An entire shortage of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to cite the thorough lack of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a major disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty site hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them promptly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...