How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on the current hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the entire website hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only a regular fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k webspace hosting companies out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered most web page hosting business requirements. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are created 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 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 growing nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irretrievably.
Negative Point No.3: A thorough absence of domain administration options
Do we have to refer to the absolute shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal predicament. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Negative Point No.4: Numerous login places (min 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting firm. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing tool (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is using, the devoted customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...