How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present-day hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small business segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole hosting marketplace supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal chap who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site development procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any site hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brands in the world will give you the very same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web space hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps answered all website hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Drawback Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder system 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 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)
Are you getting baffled? We categorically are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same electronic mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to mess things up too harshly.
Negative Side No.3: An absolute lack of domain management menus
Do we have to mention the entire absence of a contemporary domain name manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois information, protect the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a considerable drawback. An unforgettable one, we wish to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum 2, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to access the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web site hosting supplier. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction system (principally created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the ardent customers can wind up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain administration tool; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (including cPanel).
Negative Sign Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty web space hosting Control Panel departments to become acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the web hosting CP. It's a terrific idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting distributors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...