How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web space hosting offers on the present web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual capital flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a kind of a small-sized marketing segment, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing the very same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the site hosting offerings on the entire web space hosting market offer the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
200,000 "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web page hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only an average person who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200k site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique site hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web page hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably answered most site hosting industry requirements. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: A laughable domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to remove 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). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very 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 domain names, please. Verify for yourself how amazing cPanel's domain folder system 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 name)
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 becoming puzzled? We absolutely are!
Problem Number Two: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too irreparably.
Weak Side Number Three: An entire shortage of domain management options
Do we have to cite the absolute lack of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" section at all. That's a great weakness. An unjustifiable one, we would like to add...
Weak Point Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing, domain name and tech support management software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web space hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the invoicing platform (especially conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the keen users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect No.5: More than 120 hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...