How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the whole web hosting market supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, remark that one...
200k "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on today's site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied most web hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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 doubtlessly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A total lack of domain management tools
Do we need to point out the complete absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big downside. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than 120 web space hosting CP sections to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ areas inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...