How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based webspace hosting offers on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are provided by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business segment, which generates a huge amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98% of the hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and web pages . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names all over the world will give you the very same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current web hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps fulfilled most web hosting industry demands. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domain names, please. Discover for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 certainly are!
Negative Aspect No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin blokes firmly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too harshly.
Downside Number Three: A total shortage of domain manipulation GUIs
Do we need to point out the total lack of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number 4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max three)
How about the need for another login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the avid clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel areas to pick up... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...