How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the current web site hosting marketplace are generated by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market provide strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web hosting CP choice. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
200,000 "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal fellow who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the website development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands around the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel CP and platform, named differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps answered all website hosting industry prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side Number 1: A moronic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to delete 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, 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 attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Discover for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 name)
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)
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 definitely are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Aspect Number 3: A sheer absence of domain administration tools
Do we need to bring up the sheer shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a considerable downside. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side No.4: Numerous login locations (minimum two, max three)
What about the need for another login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the avid users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: 120+ hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel site hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...