How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel webspace hosting offerings on the present-day site hosting marketplace are furnished by a very inconsiderable marketing niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the hosting offers on the entire site hosting marketplace offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/hosting CP alternative. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200,000 webspace hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The website hosting "diversity" and the website hosting "offerings" Google presents to all of us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just an ordinary bloke who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the separate domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your web hosting pick? Is there any website hosting option you can pick? Of course there is, now there are more than 200k site hosting distributors in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique web space hosting brands worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the present-day web site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is an enormous stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly met all web site hosting business prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Aspect No.1: An idiotic domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra attentive not to remove completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the hosting server, because they all are created into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 name)
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 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 disorientated? We undoubtedly are!
Disadvantage No.2: The very same mail folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly enhance their faith in God when dealing with the electronic mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to screw things up too badly.
Predicament No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain administration GUIs
Do we need to refer to the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name management menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domains' Whois details, shield the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not include such a "modern" interface at all. That's a great inconvenience. An unpardonable one, we would like to add...
Drawback Number Four: Multiple login places (min 2, max three)
What about the need for another login to avail of the billing, domain name and tech support management section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web site hosting vendor. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is making use of, the zealous users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoicing/domain management system; 2: the trouble ticket support software), winding up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Shortcoming Number Five: 120+ site hosting Control Panel menus to learn... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ menus inside the web site hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web site hosting providers:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...