How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole web space hosting market furnish strictly the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web site hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200,000 website hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brands all over the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably satisfied most web hosting industry prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weakness Number 1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra watchful not to erase fully 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 domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, 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 erase the files of the add-on domains, 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)
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 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 confused? We positively are!
Negative Side Number 2: The same email folder structure
The mail folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number Three: An utter lack of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the entire absence of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a huge inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the demand for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting supplier. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the avid customers can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number 5: 120+ website hosting CP areas to become familiar with... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ sections inside the web space hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...