How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small business segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offers on the entire hosting marketplace furnish precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are merely an average person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can decide upon? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web page hosting brand names across the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the assortment on today's web hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most web page hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to delete fully 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 delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder system 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 puzzled? We undeniably are!
Weak Point Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Downside Number 3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to mention the entire lack of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a vast weakness. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Negative Point Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the billing system (principally invented for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the avid clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than a hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to learn... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's extremely impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...