How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole hosting market offer the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based webspace hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 website hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any web space hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the present web page hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably covered all website hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 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 becoming nonplussed? We surely are!
Downside Number 2: The very same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too badly.
Weakness Number 3: A total shortage of domain name manipulation options
Do we need to cite the thorough shortage of a modern domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a mammoth disadvantage. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Problem Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration GUI? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the billing transaction tool (particularly designed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is availing of, the keen users can end up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support software platform), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: More than 120 website hosting CP departments to get familiar with... rapidly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the CP. It's a fine idea to memorize each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...