How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on today's web site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a sort of a small-size business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands across the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on the present web space hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most web hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point No.1: A foolish domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We certainly are!
Weak Side No.2: The very same email folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps firmly fortify their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: An utter shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to point out the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Inconvenience No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the keen users can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel sections to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ sections inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...