How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the current web page hosting market are generated by a very inconsiderable business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offerings on the whole hosting market provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200k web page hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the current webspace hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably met most site hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: An idiotic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully 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). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the web server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder system is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 name)
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 name)
Are you growing puzzled? We definitely are!
Weak Side Number Two: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Inconvenience Number 3: An utter deficiency of domain name administration menus
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a modern domain management user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web hosting company. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (especially created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is utilizing, the enthusiastic users can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain administration software solution; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel areas to get to know... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the site hosting CP. It's a superb idea to memorize each one of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...