How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel site hosting offers on the contemporary site hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial business segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting marketplace offer one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200,000 "web page hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are merely an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 web space hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Side No.1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely 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). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We positively are!
Negative Side No.2: The very same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly reinforce their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too seriously.
Disadvantage No.3: An entire absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to mention the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration tool - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not contain such a "modern" GUI at all. That's an immense shortcoming. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side No.4: Numerous user login places (min two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. At times, depending on the invoicing system (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous customers can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 webspace hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting CP. It's a superb idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...