How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the current site hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "site hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply an average fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most website hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side Number 1: A dumb domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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 getting disorientated? We surely are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder configuration on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly reinforce their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough absence of domain management tools
Do we have to bring up the complete lack of a modern domain administration platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a major drawback. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Many login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting distributor. At times, depending on the invoice transaction platform (especially designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty CP departments to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...