How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are furnished by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying literally the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary chap who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names in the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly fulfilled most web site hosting business preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to remove completely 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 domain names are quite easy to delete on the web server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain 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)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 perplexed? We surely are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Problem No.3: A complete shortage of domain name management user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a contemporary domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to make use of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the enthusiastic users can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP areas to get to know... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...