How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary web space hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The website hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k webspace hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably answered most website hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 undoubtedly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder structure on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their faith in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Shortcoming Number 3: A complete shortage of domain name management sections
Do we need to refer to the total absence of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a great downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Point Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...