How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the 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 webspace hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 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 vendors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brand names worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most website hosting industry prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra careful not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, 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 try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
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 becoming nonplussed? We clearly are!
Inconvenience Number 2: The same mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too severely.
Weak Point Number 3: A total deficiency of domain administration tools
Do we have to point out the complete deficiency of a modern domain name management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a colossal predicament. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many user login locations (min 2, max three)
What about the need for an extra login to make use of the billing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel website hosting vendor. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with two extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: 120+ web page hosting CP departments to learn... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to memorize each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...