How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offers on today's hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small business niche, which supplies a big quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire site hosting market supply literally the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting price tags are similar. Very identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other web hosting platform/web space hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting trademarks in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200,000 "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The website hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only a normal guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any website hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different web site hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web page hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting company is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably covered all web space hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Aspect Number One: A laughable domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be extremely watchful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite simple to erase 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 placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Determine for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder arrangement 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 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)
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 growing disorientated? We surely are!
Weakness Number Two: The same mail folder arrangement
The mail folder structure on the web server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin blokes firmly increase their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to muck things up too badly.
Problem Number Three: A total absence of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to cite the entire shortage of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois info, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" tool at all. That's a colossal inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the demand for an extra login to make use of the billing transaction, domain name and tech support management GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based site hosting corporation. Occasionally, on the basis of the billing transaction platform (particularly created for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the keen users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Downside Number Five: 120+ site hosting CP departments to become familiar with... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 departments inside the site hosting Control Panel. It's a remarkable idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's quite impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...