How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offerings on the current web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market furnish precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are just an ordinary person who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably covered all site hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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. Determine for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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)
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)
Are you growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Drawback Number 2: The same electronic mail folder system
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute lack of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the total lack of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, alter domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum 2, max three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoicing transaction tool (especially designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the enthusiastic customers can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel menus to learn... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to become familiar with each one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...