How does cpanel-based website hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the present webspace hosting market are provided by a very insignificant marketing segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a vast number of different web hosting brand names, yet offering the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace provide one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are identical. Very similar. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mark that one...
200,000 "web site hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web site hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just a regular fellow who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site creation procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web space hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands in the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the contemporary web site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably fulfilled most web site hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra cautious not to delete fully 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 name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
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 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 getting baffled? We definitely are!
Drawback Number 2: The same e-mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A total absence of domain name management menus
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a contemporary domain name management tool - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois information, protect the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a great shortcoming. An unforgettable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web page hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the billing platform (especially developed for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting service provider is using, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ web page hosting Control Panel menus to pick up... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ departments inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...