How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the current web site hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire site hosting marketplace provide the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web space hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The site hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can pick? Of course there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 web space hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names across the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present-day web space hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered all web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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 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)
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 baffled? We definitely are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Shortcoming No.3: An utter lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the complete shortage of a contemporary domain management interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois information, modify/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense weakness. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Shortcoming Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web hosting company. Sometimes, depending on the billing tool (principally devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than 120 CP menus to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web page hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...