How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the current webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business segment, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing literally the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the website hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on today's website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting 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 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. Decide for yourself how great 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 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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the email server, hoping not to mess things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name management GUIs
Do we have to bring up the total shortage of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" section at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Disadvantage Number Four: Many login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the eager users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than 120 CP menus to get to know... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...