How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present hosting market are supplied by a quite insignificant business niche (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-size business segment, which supplies an immense quantity of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting market supply the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based site hosting prices are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The site hosting "diversity" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web space hosting brand names. Assume you are only an ordinary chap who's not well aware of (as most of us) with the web site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the various domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting service providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand different site hosting brand names around the world will offer you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on today's website hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based site hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps covered most webspace hosting market requirements. In 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...
Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain name folder arrangement
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to erase entirely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to delete on the server, since they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very famous 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 try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Verify for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
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 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)
Are you growing baffled? We definitely are!
Negative Sign Number 2: The same e-mail folder arrangement
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums firmly strengthen their belief in God when handling the electronic mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to mess things up too irretrievably.
Negative Sign Number Three: A total absence of domain name management GUIs
Do we need to bring up the total absence of a contemporary domain administration user interface - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domain names' Whois details, protect the Whois details, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a vast disadvantage. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Weak Side No.4: Many user login locations (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support management software? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel webspace hosting vendor. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (principally designed for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the keen clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the billing/domain name administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support section), winding up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number 5: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... rapidly
cPanel presents for your consideration 120+ menus inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a superb idea to grasp each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them rapidly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...