How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web site hosting offers on today's web site hosting market are furnished by a quite insignificant marketing niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller hosting is a type of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a vast number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole web site hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are alike. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/site hosting CP choice. So, there is simply a single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "web site hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Assume you are simply a regular bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the diversity on the current site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered most website hosting industry preconditions. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback No.1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular 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. Observe for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder configuration 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)
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 absolutely are!
Weak Point Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder configuration on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Weak Point No.3: An utter absence of domain manipulation sections
Do we have to mention the sheer lack of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" user interface at all. That's an immense downside. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login places (min two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain and tech support administration software? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing transaction platform (especially made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the devoted customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name administration GUI; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 web page hosting Control Panel areas to get familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web space hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's excessively insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...