How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k site hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands across the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and probably fulfilled all web page hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A moronic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are situated 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name 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)
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 getting perplexed? We surely are!
Negative Point Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total deficiency of domain manipulation options
Do we need to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain management GUI - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming No.4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoicing, domain and technical support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing system (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to grasp... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...