How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel webspace hosting offers on the current site hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting marketplace furnish literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web page hosting platform/hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200k hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any web space hosting option you can choose? Of course there is, at present there are more than 200k web site hosting distributors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you the very same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied all web site hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A foolish domain folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since 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 name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain folder setup 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 name)
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 name)
Are you getting perplexed? We categorically are!
Negative Side No.2: The same email folder system
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the mail folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Problem No.3: An utter shortage of domain management user interfaces
Do we have to cite the entire deficiency of a modern domain name management platform - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Numerous user login locations (min two, max three)
How about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting service provider. At times, on the basis of the invoicing tool (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen clients can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: 120+ website hosting Control Panel sections to get to know... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the site hosting CP. It's an excellent idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better learn them promptly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...