How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web page hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are generated by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing niche, which provides a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering exactly the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace furnish absolutely the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a regular chap who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the web page creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting option you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brand names around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, named differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present-day website hosting market is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a colossal stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably met all web hosting market prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Weak Point Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extremely attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Negative Sign No.2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: A thorough deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" interface at all. That's an enormous inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to point out...
Disadvantage No.4: Multiple login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for another login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support management platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. At times, based on the invoicing platform (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the zealous clients can wind up with two additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain name administration software; 2: the ticket support system), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty Control Panel areas to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's inordinately arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...