How does cpanel-based site hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the present webspace hosting market are provided by a very unsubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a kind of a small-size business niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting brands, yet providing literally the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web hosting offers on the entire site hosting market furnish exactly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting prices are similar. Quite identical. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/Control Panel option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than two percent, remark that one...
Two hundred thousand "web hosting providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the webspace hosting "offers" Google reveals to us boil down to merely one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are just an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the web page hosting platforms, which in fact power the various domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can choose? Of course there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand site hosting corporations out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique web hosting brand names all over the world will give you strictly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the variety on the current web page hosting market is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple mathematics demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a big stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The pros and cons of the cPanel site hosting solution
Let's not be severe with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and perhaps met most web page hosting market demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A moronic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extremely attentive not to remove fully 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 simple to erase on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how good cPanel's domain 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)
Are you getting puzzled? We unquestionably are!
Negative Side No.2: The same mail folder system
The electronic mail folder configuration on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their belief in God when managing the email folders on the email server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Shortcoming Number Three: A total deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to point out the thorough shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, modify domains' Whois information, shield the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" user interface at all. That's a mammoth predicament. An inexcusable one, we wish to add...
Downside Number 4: Numerous login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and tech support administration interface? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting provider. At times, based on the billing system (particularly meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting vendor is utilizing, the eager clients can end up with two additional login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration software; 2: the trouble ticket support tool), winding up with an aggregate of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Disadvantage Number 5: 120+ CP sections to pick up... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention 120+ menus inside the CP. It's a superb idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's inordinately impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web space hosting providers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...