How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the contemporary web page hosting market are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying precisely the same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace offer one and the very same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200k "hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
The web space hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different webspace hosting brand names. Assume you are simply an ordinary guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique website hosting brands across the world will offer you the very same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be fierce with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most web space hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Disadvantage Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be ultra attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, 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 server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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. Discover for yourself how marvelous cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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 getting baffled? We clearly are!
Weakness Number 2: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly increase their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to fuck things up too irretrievably.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain name administration user interfaces
Do we need to bring up the entire lack of a modern domain name manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, change domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" menu at all. That's a vast problem. An inexcusable one, we want to add...
Downside No.4: Numerous user login places (min 2, maximum three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to use the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing tool (principally made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the keen customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: 120+ web hosting Control Panel areas to get acquainted with... swiftly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...