How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offers on the current webspace hosting market are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small business niche, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offerings on the whole web page hosting market furnish exactly the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k webspace hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web page hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an average chap who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page making processes and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 site hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique webspace hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the contemporary web page hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably answered all hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: An imbecilic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra attentive not to remove entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to remove on the hosting server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how good cPanel's domain name 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)
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 growing baffled? We clearly are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their belief in God when dealing with the mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute shortage of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to bring up the thorough absence of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "modern" menu at all. That's a big predicament. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Negative Aspect No.4: Numerous login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management user interface? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing platform (particularly invented for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting service provider is availing of, the eager users can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration section; 2: the ticket support tool), ending up with a total of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Drawback No.5: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel departments to memorize... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to pick up each of them. And you'd better grasp them quickly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...