How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the current hosting market are generated by a very insignificant marketing niche (as far as yearly money flow is concerned) named reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale marketing niche, which provides a great number of different web hosting brands, yet providing one and the same services: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace supply the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other site hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2%, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The webspace hosting "variety" and the hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are just a normal fellow who's not very well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web page creation procedures and the web space hosting platforms, which in fact power the respective domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web page hosting brand names in the world will give you literally the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the diversity on the present web space hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge 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 sides of the cPanel web hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and possibly fulfilled all site hosting business demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside Number One: A stupid domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very easy to erase on the web server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite well known public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Examine for yourself how fabulous cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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 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 becoming puzzled? We surely are!
Problem Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder arrangement on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin chaps strongly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the mail server, praying not to botch things up too irreparably.
Negative Aspect Number 3: An absolute deficiency of domain name management options
Do we have to point out the absolute lack of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "modern" menu at all. That's an enormous disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (min two, max three)
What about the necessity for an extra login to access the billing, domain name and tech support management platform? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web site hosting corporation. Now and then, based on the billing tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting provider is utilizing, the devoted users can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software solution; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Downside Number 5: 120+ web site hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty departments inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them fast... That's quite impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting companies:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...