How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which supplies a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering strictly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/site hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200,000 "hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web page hosting variant you can opt for? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than two hundred thousand web space hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brand names across the world will give you the very same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on today's webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered most web page hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Negative Side Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Negative Point No.3: An utter shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to refer to the complete deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a mammoth shortcoming. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weak Side Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the necessity for an additional login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoice transaction tool (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the zealous users can wind up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management tool; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel menus to get familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to get to know each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...