How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day website hosting market are provided by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small business niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet providing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web page hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web space hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The website hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web space hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a regular chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domain names and sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can choose? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting firms out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brands all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably covered all web site hosting market preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point Number 1: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder setup 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 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 becoming bewildered? We clearly are!
Inconvenience No.2: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when coping with the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to mess things up too seriously.
Negative Sign Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we have to cite the absolute shortage of a modern domain name management GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois info, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a considerable disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we want to point out...
Inconvenience Number 4: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an additional login to avail of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel site hosting service provider. At times, depending on the billing platform (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting company is utilizing, the earnest users can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Predicament No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web site hosting Control Panel areas to grasp... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...