How does cpanel-based web site hosting operate?
For your info, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on today's webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web site hosting is a kind of a small-size marketing segment, which provides a vast amount of different web hosting brands, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting marketplace supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/web page hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web page hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly dubbed
The web space hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very well acquainted with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the hosting platforms, which actually power the different domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any web page hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k web space hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brands worldwide will give you precisely the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, branded in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the current webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple math reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled most web site hosting business requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Downside Number 1: A moronic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very cautious not to erase fully 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 quite easy to delete on the server, since they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Observe for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder structure 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 name)
Are you growing nonplussed? We positively are!
Problem Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when coping with the email folders on the email server, hoping not to botch things up too seriously.
Inconvenience Number Three: A sheer absence of domain manipulation interfaces
Do we need to bring up the thorough shortage of a modern domain manipulation user interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, alter domains' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" section at all. That's an enormous weakness. An unjustifiable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament Number Four: Multiple user login locations (minimum 2, maximum 3)
What about the need for another login to utilize the invoicing, domain name and tech support management interface? That's beside the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction system (particularly designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is using, the zealous customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 site hosting CP menus to memorize... promptly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than 120 menus inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a fabulous idea to get familiar with each of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...