How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that the majority of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are furnished by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to annual capital flow) called reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-size marketing niche, which furnishes an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing absolutely the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the whole web site hosting marketplace offer precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel web site hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Leaving for those who require a top web hosting service almost no other web site hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web site hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different site hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a regular person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any website hosting alternative you can pick? Sure there is, at the moment there are more than 200k webspace hosting distributors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200,000+ different web space hosting brands around the world will offer you strictly the same cPanel website hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the diversity on the contemporary site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web page hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The strengths and weaknesses of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably fulfilled most website hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Shortcoming Number 1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be ultra careful not to remove 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 very easy to remove on the server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 try not to remove the files of the add-on domains, please. See for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain folder setup 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)
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)
Are you becoming perplexed? We positively are!
Problem Number 2: The very same e-mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the web server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The admin boys firmly fortify their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to muck things up too irreparably.
Inconvenience No.3: A total shortage of domain name administration sections
Do we need to bring up the utter absence of a contemporary domain name administration GUI - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domain names, alter domain names' Whois information, secure the Whois details, edit/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a mammoth drawback. An unforgettable one, we would like to add...
Negative Aspect Number 4: Many login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the necessity for an additional login to make use of the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based webspace hosting supplier. Occasionally, depending on the invoicing system (especially devised for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is using, the avid clients can end up with two additional login places (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration section; 2: the trouble ticket support software platform), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than a hundred and twenty web hosting Control Panel menus to learn... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the web hosting Control Panel. It's a glorious idea to get to know each one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them fast... That's way too arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based site hosting companies:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...