How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which furnishes an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire web page hosting market supply exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offerings" Google shows to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website creation processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting 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 web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and probably fulfilled most hosting industry preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A foolish domain folder system
If you have two or more domains, though, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to delete on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated 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. See for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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 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 becoming baffled? We absolutely are!
Weak Side No.2: The same email folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too fatally.
Weak Side Number Three: An absolute absence of domain manipulation user interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute lack of a contemporary domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a vast problem. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an additional login to utilize the billing, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting company. At times, based on the billing tool (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the keen customers can end up with two extra login places (1: the billing transaction/domain management section; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Problem No.5: More than a hundred and twenty hosting CP areas to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better learn them quickly... That's very arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web page hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one as well...