How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's good to be aware that the majority of the cPanel web site hosting offerings on the present web space hosting market are generated by a quite insubstantial business niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller webspace hosting is a type of a small-size business segment, which supplies an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the whole hosting market furnish absolutely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting Control Panel option. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an average fellow who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domains and web pages . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting option you can settle on? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 web site hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brand names around the world will give you the very same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present website hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based webspace hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered all site hosting business prerequisites. In short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number One: A foolish domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very attentive not to erase completely 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 domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 nonplussed? We absolutely are!
Negative Sign No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys strongly increase their faith in God when managing the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to botch things up too seriously.
Weak Point No.3: A thorough lack of domain management tools
Do we need to mention the total shortage of a contemporary domain name manipulation tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign Number 4: Many user login locations (minimum 2, max three)
What about the necessity for another login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain name and technical support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting vendor. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (especially tailored for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the avid customers can end up with two additional logins (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to learn... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the Control Panel. It's a great idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them fast... That's very impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...