How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on today's site hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which supplies an enormous quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace provide literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making 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 selection? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k site hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brands in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present website hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered all webspace hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number One: An imbecilic 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 dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming disorientated? We positively are!
Predicament Number 2: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Point No.3: A complete lack of domain management menus
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Many login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web site hosting vendor. At times, based on the billing tool (principally intended for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...