How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web hosting offerings on the present-day web page hosting market are supplied by a very unsubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing niche, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting marketplace provide one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting option you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands in the world will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the assortment on the contemporary web hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably fulfilled most site hosting market preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Predicament No.1: A foolish domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra careful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the web server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 growing disorientated? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same mail folder system
The email folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too badly.
Negative Side No.3: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the absolute deficiency of a modern domain management menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois info, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to make use of the invoicing, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting provider. Sometimes, depending on the billing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the devoted clients can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management system; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ Control Panel departments to memorize... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the site hosting CP. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better grasp them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...