How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the present-day web space hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish one and the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The web hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely an average guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will offer you the very same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the diversity on the present web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all web page hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number 1: A dumb domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new 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 hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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. Determine for yourself how fabulous 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming baffled? We certainly are!
Problem Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Drawback No.3: A thorough lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain administration interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big weakness. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Drawback Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the invoicing, domain name and technical support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting supplier. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (especially intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the earnest users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than 120 web hosting CP areas to become acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...