How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market offer strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k webspace hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met most website hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience Number 1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extra watchful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed 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. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same email folder system
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Sign Number Three: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to cite the total lack of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain name management software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the CP. It's a fantastic idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...