How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offerings on the current web site hosting marketplace are provided by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a big quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offers on the entire web space hosting marketplace supply absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
200k "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web space hosting "variety" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply an ordinary chap who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domain names and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 hosting firms in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different hosting brands worldwide will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web space hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 becoming baffled? We absolutely are!
Downside Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number 3: A total shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain manipulation menu - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" section at all. That's a big drawback. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weak Point Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting firm. Now and then, depending on the billing platform (especially intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to learn each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...