How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are generated by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes an enormous quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire website hosting market supply strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/web space hosting CP alternative. So, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal bloke who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any web space hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, today there are more than 200,000 web hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web space hosting brand names worldwide will offer you literally the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the current website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something 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 merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled most web site hosting market requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage No.1: A dumb domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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)
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 puzzled? We surely are!
Disadvantage Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly increase their belief in God when coping with the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too severely.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire lack of domain name manipulation sections
Do we have to point out the utter deficiency of a modern domain name management GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois details, protect the Whois info, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a gigantic downside. An unjustifiable one, we wish to add...
Predicament No.4: Multiple login locations (min two, max 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing, domain and tech support management software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel website hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing transaction tool (principally developed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management system; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ CP departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...