How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web site hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, now 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 200,000+ different webspace hosting brands around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the current webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met all site hosting market prerequisites. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: An imbecilic domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete entirely 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 remove on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 confused? We certainly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the electronic mail folders on the email server, praying not to fuck things up too badly.
Disadvantage No.3: An utter shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to bring up the complete deficiency of a modern domain management tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number 4: Numerous login places (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly made for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty web page hosting CP menus to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better memorize them promptly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...