How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on the current web page hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insignificant business niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names around the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably covered all site hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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)
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 getting disorientated? We absolutely are!
Downside No.2: The very same mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes strongly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we have to point out the entire absence of a modern domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we would like to point out...
Inconvenience Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the need for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and tech support administration section? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the zealous clients can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the web space hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...