How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on the present-day hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a big amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying the very same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a normal chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can pick? Sure there is, today there are more than 200k web site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different website hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the current web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a big strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably fulfilled most hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Examine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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)
Are you growing confused? We certainly are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same electronic mail folder structure
The e-mail folder configuration on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly increase their belief in God when handling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too seriously.
Shortcoming Number Three: An absolute absence of domain administration user interfaces
Do we have to point out the utter absence of a modern domain management user interface - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a colossal drawback. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Drawback No.4: Many login places (min two, max three)
How about the demand for an additional login to make use of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing system (principally intended for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the ardent customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software solution; 2: the ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty site hosting CP sections to grasp... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them swiftly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...