How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based site hosting offerings on the contemporary web site hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing segment, which furnishes a big number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offers on the entire site hosting market provide the very same service: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based website hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/site hosting CP option. So, there is just a single fact: out of more than 200k hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "web page hosting suppliers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The web page hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different site hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the website making procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any site hosting alternative you can select? Of course there is, now there are more than two hundred thousand webspace hosting companies out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brands across the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how large the variety on the present web page hosting market is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to stumble upon a non-cPanel based web hosting corporation is an enormous strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel website hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably met all hosting industry prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Shortcoming Number 1: An imbecilic domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be very watchful not to delete 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 easy to erase on the web server, since 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 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. Decide for yourself how fantastic cPanel's domain folder configuration is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
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 getting bewildered? We absolutely are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same email folder system
The mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their faith in God when managing the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Drawback Number 3: A thorough shortage of domain management options
Do we have to refer to the absolute absence of a modern domain management platform - a place where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or manage domains, alter domains' Whois details, secure the Whois info, alter/set up name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not involve such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a huge disadvantage. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Negative Aspect Number Four: Multiple user login places (minimum two, max 3)
What about the need for another login to use the billing transaction, domain name and technical support management interface? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel site hosting company. At times, based on the invoicing tool (particularly made for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting corporation is making use of, the earnest users can end up with two extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support menu), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting Control Panel sections to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the Control Panel. It's an excellent idea to learn each one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's extremely impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...