How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet providing exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "web space hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k web hosting service providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all webspace hosting business preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Side No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to remove on the web server, because 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 is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
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 disorientated? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we have to cite the total lack of a modern domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting firm. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (principally built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number Five: 120+ site hosting Control Panel areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better grasp them promptly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...