How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that the majority of the cPanel-based web hosting offers on the current web space hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller hosting is a kind of a small marketing niche, which provides an enormous amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web site hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer literally the same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web hosting prices are identical. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other web page hosting platform/site hosting CP option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, note that one...
Two hundred thousand "site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly labeled
The web page hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web site hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page development procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web pages . Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand hosting providers out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these more than two hundred thousand unique web site hosting brand names all over the world will offer you exactly the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, dubbed differently, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the diversity on the current hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting company is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly satisfied most web space hosting industry preconditions. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Inconvenience No.1: A stupid domain folder configuration
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to erase on the hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed 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 good cPanel's domain folder system 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)
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 growing perplexed? We absolutely are!
Disadvantage No.2: The same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly fortify their belief in God when managing the electronic mail folders on the mail server, praying not to mess things up too seriously.
Problem Number 3: A sheer shortage of domain name manipulation interfaces
Do we need to mention the absolute absence of a modern domain name administration GUI - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domain names, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, edit/create name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a major inconvenience. An inexcusable one, we would like to point out...
Negative Side Number Four: Multiple login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration system? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web space hosting company. Now and then, based on the billing transaction system (especially built for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting firm is utilizing, the zealous customers can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management section; 2: the trouble ticket support system), ending up with an aggregate of three login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Side No.5: More than one hundred and twenty webspace hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... briskly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the web hosting CP. It's a wonderful idea to become familiar with each of them. And you'd better get to know them swiftly... That's inordinately insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting vendors:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one as well...