How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offers on the current web page hosting marketplace are supplied by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web site hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web site hosting marketplace offer the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Very identical. Leaving for those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/webspace hosting CP choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web page making processes and the site hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can settle on? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k web space hosting companies in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web hosting brand names all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps fulfilled all hosting industry requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Side No.1: A ludicrous domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
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 nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when handling the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Negative Side Number Three: An utter shortage of domain name management interfaces
Do we need to refer to the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration interface - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a mammoth problem. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Point Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the need for an extra login to utilize the billing, domain name and technical support management GUI? That's aside from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web page hosting company. Occasionally, based on the billing platform (particularly conceived for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the earnest clients can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Sign No.5: More than one hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...