How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your info, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offers on today's site hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a big number of different web hosting trademarks, yet providing strictly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are similar. Quite identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other webspace hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, note that one...
200k "webspace hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting choice? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can decide upon? 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 ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different website hosting brand names worldwide will give you the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, named differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the diversity on the present webspace hosting market is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and perhaps satisfied all hosting business demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Point No.1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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 name)
Are you becoming perplexed? We certainly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder configuration on the web hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Shortcoming Number Three: A complete absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to cite the entire deficiency of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a big inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Drawback Number Four: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an additional login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web page hosting service provider. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (principally built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting provider is availing of, the ardent clients can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the billing transaction/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support software), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Problem Number Five: More than 120 CP menus to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to become acquainted with each of them. And you'd better pick them up quickly... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...