How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present website hosting market are furnished by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small-sized business segment, which provides a big number of different web hosting brands, yet providing precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole web space hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/hosting CP choice. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200k "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting variant you can settle on? Sure there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand web page hosting service providers in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web page hosting brand names all over the world will give you the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the contemporary web space hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative sides of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most webspace hosting market preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: An idiotic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to delete on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 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)
Are you becoming confused? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The same e-mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin chums firmly strengthen their faith in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Drawback Number Three: A sheer lack of domain management options
Do we have to mention the absolute shortage of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, secure the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" section at all. That's a great inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to add...
Predicament No.4: Many login places (min 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting service provider. At times, depending on the invoice transaction tool (especially built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is using, the zealous customers can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web page hosting CP departments to get to know... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting distributors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...