How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present-day web hosting market are provided by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying literally the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace provide precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web site making procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting option you can settle on? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique hosting brand names across the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered all web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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 terrific cPanel's domain name 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Weak Side No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer absence of domain manipulation options
Do we have to refer to the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name manipulation GUI - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Downside Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the billing, domain and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based website hosting company. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the enthusiastic customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty web site hosting CP menus to learn... fast
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them quickly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...