How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the contemporary site hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing niche, which furnishes a huge number of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole website hosting market offer the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "webspace hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are merely a normal person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique website hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's hosting market is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web page hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase fully 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 simple to delete on the web hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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 getting perplexed? We undeniably are!
Drawback Number Two: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The mail folder configuration on the hosting server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number 3: An utter lack of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Downside Number 4: Multiple user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoice transaction system (especially created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: 120+ webspace hosting CP areas to learn... quickly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...