How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offerings on the current web space hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and websites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names worldwide will offer you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present-day hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most web page hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A laughable domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
Are you growing confused? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too harshly.
Negative Sign Number 3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration menus
Do we need to mention the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" menu at all. That's a colossal downside. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Problem Number 4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the invoice transaction system (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the eager clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing/domain name management system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP departments to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them promptly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...