How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel site hosting offerings on today's site hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a great quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace provide exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present-day website hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A laughable domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web 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 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 domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent 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 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Weakness Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number 3: An utter absence of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management user interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" menu at all. That's a considerable downside. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the billing transaction system (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting company is making use of, the earnest customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management tool; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP departments to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become familiar with them promptly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, 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? Mind that one too...