How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which generates a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing the very same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web site hosting offers on the whole site hosting market supply one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel site hosting price tags are identical. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely named
The web hosting "diversity" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just a normal guy who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web site hosting variant you can select? Sure there is, now there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ unique webspace hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the assortment on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps covered most web space hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A moronic domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing nonplussed? We undeniably are!
Weak Side Number 2: The very same email folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer shortage of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to bring up the complete shortage of a contemporary domain administration tool - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a vast shortcoming. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login places (min two, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support administration interface? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction tool (particularly devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is utilizing, the keen clients can wind up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support menu), winding up with a total of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Drawback Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better learn them fast... That's excessively impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...