How does cpanel-based hosting operate?
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the current site hosting market are supplied by a quite insubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to annual money flow) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller site hosting is a sort of a small-sized marketing segment, which provides a huge amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet supplying exactly the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98% of the web page hosting offerings on the whole website hosting marketplace furnish strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Quite identical. Giving those who demand a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/hosting CP option. So, there is merely one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web page hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, mark that one...
200,000 "hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The hosting "variety" and the site hosting "offers" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web page hosting trademarked names. Assume you are only an average guy who's not very well acquainted with (as the majority of us) with the web page development processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, today there are more than 200,000 site hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brand names worldwide will offer you exactly the same cPanel web space hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the variety on the current web site hosting market is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTO we are all paricipating in
Simple arithmetic reveals that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably covered most webspace hosting industry preconditions. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Point Number One: A stupid domain folder arrangement
If you have 2 or more domains, however, be extra watchful not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite easy to delete on the hosting server, since they all are set up 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 name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to erase the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain name folder arrangement is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is situated)
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 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 growing disorientated? We surely are!
Disadvantage Number 2: The same e-mail folder configuration
The email folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly reinforce their faith in God when handling the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to botch things up too harshly.
Drawback Number Three: A complete lack of domain administration sections
Do we need to cite the total deficiency of a modern domain name manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, change domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois details, change/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" interface at all. That's a colossal problem. An unpardonable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Numerous user login locations (minimum two, maximum three)
What about the demand for an extra login to use the billing, domain and tech support administration section? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel-based web page hosting company. Occasionally, based on the invoice transaction tool (especially created for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting company is using, the eager users can end up with two extra logins (1: the invoicing transaction/domain administration GUI; 2: the trouble ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: 120+ web site hosting Control Panel sections to memorize... promptly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 departments inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each of them. And you'd better memorize them rapidly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...