How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offers on the present web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a great number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web space hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are simply a normal bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any website hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly covered most web page hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
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 growing confused? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly fortify their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too harshly.
Problem Number Three: A sheer deficiency of domain management options
Do we have to bring up the utter deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a vast drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the ardent clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP areas to get familiar with... quickly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...