How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the contemporary hosting market are generated by a very insubstantial business niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small marketing niche, which supplies a huge quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying precisely the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the whole webspace hosting market provide strictly the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200k web space hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different site hosting brand names. Assume you are just an average bloke who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the website development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web page hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200k web site hosting vendors out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ different site hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel web page hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on today's web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics shows that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting business preconditions. In short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: A ludicrous domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be very attentive not to remove 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 simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Observe for yourself how good 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 becoming puzzled? We doubtlessly are!
Shortcoming No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the electronic mail server, praying not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Side Number Three: An entire deficiency of domain administration options
Do we have to bring up the utter lack of a contemporary domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, change domain names' Whois details, secure the Whois details, modify/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Negative Side Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum 2, maximum 3)
How about the necessity for another login to utilize the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting provider. Now and then, depending on the billing transaction platform (especially devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the keen customers can wind up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 site hosting Control Panel departments to become familiar with... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 sections inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...