How does cpanel-based hosting work?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based web space hosting offerings on the current website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which supplies a great amount of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing one and the same thing: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market supply the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/hosting CP choice. So, there is merely a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "website hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different hosting brand names. Assume you are merely a regular chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting decision? Is there any site hosting option you can decide upon? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k web page hosting corporations in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different hosting brand names all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel webspace hosting Control Panel and platform, named differently, with strictly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web page hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign No.1: A stupid domain folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extremely careful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to erase on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite well known 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 remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Decide for yourself how wonderful 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 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 perplexed? We certainly are!
Weakness Number Two: The very same email folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to botch things up too gravely.
Inconvenience Number 3: A thorough deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to refer to the entire lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, change/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "modern" GUI at all. That's a gigantic shortcoming. An unforgivable one, we want to add...
Weak Side Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum 3)
What about the necessity for an additional login to access the billing, domain name and technical support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel web space hosting firm. Sometimes, based on the invoice transaction platform (principally conceived for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is utilizing, the eager users can end up with two additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain management platform; 2: the ticket support user interface), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weakness Number Five: 120+ web page hosting CP menus to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ areas inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them fast... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...