How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. 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 web hosting marketplace furnish literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is simply one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k web site hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all web site hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the web server, because 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 located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
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 baffled? We positively are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too fatally.
Shortcoming No.3: An utter deficiency of domain name manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to mention the thorough deficiency of a modern domain management interface - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to learn each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...