How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present webspace hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace supply the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are only an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all web hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Determine 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 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 nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute absence of domain manipulation options
Do we need to bring up the entire absence of a modern domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting distributor. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction system (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the ardent users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name administration interface; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them quickly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...