How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present-day web site hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates an immense quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet offering precisely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole site hosting marketplace offer precisely the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k website hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web site hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation processes and the site hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different webspace hosting brands all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a colossal stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel web site hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably answered all webspace hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A dumb domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the web hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite popular 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder structure 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)
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 name)
Are you getting confused? We unquestionably are!
Downside Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to screw things up too seriously.
Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute shortage of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to point out the absolute absence of a contemporary domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Negative Point Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration user interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting supplier. Now and then, on the basis of the billing tool (principally devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the enthusiastic clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Point No.5: More than 120 web space hosting Control Panel menus to learn... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them swiftly... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting service providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...