How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering literally the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the whole hosting market furnish precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other webspace hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average bloke who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making procedures and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200,000 web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names in the world will give you exactly the same cPanel webspace hosting CP and platform, named differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the current website hosting market is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all web space hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be extremely careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to delete on the 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 erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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)
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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Downside No.3: An absolute absence of domain management user interfaces
Do we need to mention the absolute lack of a contemporary domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois information, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Aspect No.4: Many user login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting provider. Occasionally, based on the billing tool (especially tailored for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the eager customers can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain management tool; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ website hosting CP sections to become familiar with... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better grasp them swiftly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting corporations:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...