How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day website hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) named hosting reseller. Reseller webspace hosting is a sort of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace offer the same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web space hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/website hosting CP option. Thus, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brand names around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200,000 "site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offers" Google presents to all of us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely an ordinary fellow who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and sites . Are you prepared to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can select? Sure there is, today there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web page hosting brands around the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web site hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the present-day web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly met all site hosting business preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A laughable domain name folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra attentive not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the hosting server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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)
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 growing puzzled? We categorically are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys firmly strengthen their belief in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the email server, hoping not to fuck things up too harshly.
Disadvantage Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to mention the entire lack of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major downside. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Weakness Number 4: Numerous login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management menu? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based hosting vendor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoice transaction platform (principally intended for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the devoted clients can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain administration menu; 2: the ticket support user interface), winding up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number Five: 120+ web page hosting CP menus to get familiar with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ sections inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get to know each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them briskly... That's way too impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...