How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very insubstantial business niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which furnishes a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering absolutely the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98% of the site hosting offers on the whole web page hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite similar. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service almost no other site hosting platform/web page hosting CP choice. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web hosting "diversity" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google shows to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different webspace hosting brand names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200k site hosting suppliers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brands across the world will give you precisely the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present-day hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math reveals that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is a mammoth stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and perhaps met all web page hosting market requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just a single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite famous 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. Verify for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder setup is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is located)
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)
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 getting perplexed? We positively are!
Weak Side Number Two: The very same e-mail folder setup
The email folder configuration on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the mail server, hoping not to muck things up too badly.
Negative Sign No.3: An utter lack of domain name administration interfaces
Do we need to point out the utter lack of a contemporary domain name manipulation menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, alter domains' Whois info, shield the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a big downside. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the demand for an extra login to use the invoicing, domain and tech support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based hosting supplier. Sometimes, based on the invoicing platform (principally created for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the ardent customers can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoicing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 login places (counting cPanel).
Predicament No.5: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel areas to memorize... rapidly
cPanel offers to your attention more than 120 menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a fine idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...