How does cpanel-based website hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the present-day web page hosting market are furnished by a very unsubstantial marketing niche (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates an enormous number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire web hosting marketplace furnish exactly the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web site hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is just one fact: out of more than 200k web page hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, mind that one...
Two hundred thousand "website hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The hosting "variety" and the web page hosting "offers" Google shows to us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only an average fellow who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the site making processes and the web hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web portals . Are you ready to make your web hosting selection? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200,000 hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different webspace hosting brand names all over the world will give you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting CP and platform, branded differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the assortment on the contemporary site hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and possibly covered most hosting business demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Disadvantage Number 1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be extremely cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located 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. Determine for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder system 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 name)
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 growing confused? We undoubtedly are!
Weak Side Number 2: The same e-mail folder setup
The electronic mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same error twice?!? The admin blokes strongly increase their belief in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the mail server, hoping not to botch things up too severely.
Negative Point No.3: A sheer deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we need to point out the entire lack of a modern domain administration menu - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois information, alter/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's an immense predicament. An unforgivable one, we would like to point out...
Downside No.4: Numerous login locations (min two, max three)
What about the demand for an extra login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's beside the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based hosting service provider. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing tool (principally designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting provider is making use of, the eager customers can end up with two additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the trouble ticket support platform), ending up with a total of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem No.5: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel departments to get acquainted with... fast
cPanel presents for your consideration more than 120 sections inside the webspace hosting CP. It's a marvelous idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them fast... That's very impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web hosting vendors:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...