How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that most of the cPanel-based hosting offerings on the current web space hosting market are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which provides a huge number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same solutions: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the webspace hosting offers on the entire web space hosting market furnish the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other site hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brand names worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary guy who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any website hosting variant you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web page hosting corporations out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names around the world will give you the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed differently, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the present-day web hosting market is... Full stop.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math demonstrates that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel web page hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably satisfied most web site hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A stupid domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very cautious not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup 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)
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)
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 getting disorientated? We surely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same electronic mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin chums strongly strengthen their faith in God when handling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too irreparably.
Drawback Number Three: A complete shortage of domain management GUIs
Do we have to refer to the utter shortage of a modern domain name management interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois information, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic weakness. An unpardonable one, we wish to add...
Problem Number 4: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based webspace hosting provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing transaction system (especially developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is making use of, the keen users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain name management interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of three login locations (including cPanel).
Downside Number 5: More than a hundred and twenty CP sections to get to know... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the website hosting CP. It's a fantastic idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better learn them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web space hosting distributors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...