How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brands, yet offering literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all website hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent 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 remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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 getting bewildered? We definitely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their faith in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name management interfaces
Do we have to cite the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a great problem. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Disadvantage Number 4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration system? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to become acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...