How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web site hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brands, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offerings on the entire webspace hosting market offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal person who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique site hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly satisfied all web space hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra watchful not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We definitely are!
Problem Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a contemporary domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous user login places (minimum 2, max 3)
What about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Occasionally, based on the billing system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the ardent clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web space hosting CP departments to memorize... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...