How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are merely an average person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any web hosting variant you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brand names worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the present-day web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is an enormous stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly met most hosting market demands. In short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are placed 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 puzzled? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The same email folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: A sheer absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to cite the utter absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Many user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting service provider. Occasionally, based on the invoicing platform (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number Five: More than 120 website hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...