How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based web site hosting offerings on the contemporary web hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing precisely the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web site hosting marketplace supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web site hosting CP choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand website hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k web page hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the current web space hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably fulfilled most web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A ludicrous domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 name)
Are you becoming confused? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number 2: The very same mail folder setup
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weakness No.3: A complete deficiency of domain management sections
Do we have to refer to the utter absence of a modern domain management platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum three)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoicing, domain and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is availing of, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management menu; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side No.5: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel departments to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them briskly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...