How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the present hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which supplies a huge number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the site hosting offers on the entire web page hosting marketplace provide one and the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/hosting Control Panel option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, note that one...
200k "website hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly branded
The web site hosting "diversity" and the hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an average person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site development procedures and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand web hosting vendors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different web site hosting brands worldwide will offer you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the contemporary website hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a gigantic stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably met all webspace hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point No.1: A dumb domain name folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extremely watchful not to delete entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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. Decide for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name 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 name)
public_html/my-third-domain.com (an add-on domain)
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 confused? We clearly are!
Drawback Number Two: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the email server, praying not to muck things up too gravely.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total lack of domain management options
Do we have to mention the absolute lack of a contemporary domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois details, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" tool at all. That's a huge weakness. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Many login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting vendor. At times, depending on the billing platform (principally conceived for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the devoted customers can wind up with two additional logins (1: the billing/domain name management GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number 5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to grasp... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the webspace hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting firms:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...