How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel web site hosting offers on the contemporary webspace hosting market are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) called reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing segment, which provides an immense number of different web hosting brand names, yet providing exactly the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the web hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace provide one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting price tags are similar. Very much alike. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/CP alternative. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us come down to just one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting brand names. Imagine you are just a regular bloke who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and websites . Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, these days there are more than 200,000 site hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you absolutely the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple mathematics reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is an immense stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The pluses and minuses of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably fulfilled all web page hosting business prerequisites. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Side Number 1: A laughable domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to erase on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 name)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain name)
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 nonplussed? We unquestionably are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same e-mail folder structure
The electronic mail folder structure on the hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their belief in God when managing the e-mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irretrievably.
Weak Side Number Three: A sheer shortage of domain administration user interfaces
Do we need to refer to the sheer shortage of a contemporary domain manipulation interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not offer such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a gigantic problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Weakness Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, max 3)
How about the need for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration menu? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based web page hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the invoicing platform (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting firm is availing of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management interface; 2: the trouble ticket support section), ending up with an aggregate of three user login locations (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: More than 120 hosting CP areas to become familiar with... promptly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the web site hosting CP. It's a great idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better get to know them rapidly... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting service providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...