How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's good to know that most of the cPanel hosting offerings on the contemporary webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing segment (when it comes to yearly money flow) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller web hosting is a type of a small-scale business niche, which generates an immense amount of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying strictly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because of the fact that at least 98 percent of the web page hosting offers on the whole webspace hosting market supply precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web space hosting prices are alike. Very similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other website hosting platform/web hosting CP alternative. So, there is merely one fact: out of more than two hundred thousand site hosting trademarks worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, mind that one...
200,000 "web hosting firms", all cPanel-based, yet differently named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us come down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Suppose you are only a normal person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the website development procedures and the web site hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any web site hosting option you can select? Of course there is, right now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting distributors out there. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will give you the very same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, labeled differently, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the present site hosting marketplace is... Period.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a gigantic stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in fifty chance that something like that will happen! Less than one in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be cruel with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modern and presumably satisfied all web page hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the trick if you have just one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be very careful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to delete on the server, because they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite 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 remove the files of the add-on domains, please. Check for yourself how great cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
public_html/my-third-wife (a folder part of my-default-domain.com)
public_html/my-third-wife.net (an add-on domain)
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 becoming perplexed? We unquestionably are!
Negative Aspect Number Two: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder configuration on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly fortify their faith in God when dealing with the e-mail folders on the email server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Side No.3: A total deficiency of domain name management menus
Do we have to mention the sheer shortage of a modern domain manipulation interface - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois info, secure the Whois details, change/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" GUI at all. That's a considerable problem. An unpardonable one, we wish to point out...
Weak Side Number Four: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the necessity for another login to utilize the invoicing transaction, domain name and tech support administration tool? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting firm. Sometimes, on the basis of the billing system (especially made for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting firm is making use of, the keen users can wind up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain management GUI; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three login places (counting cPanel).
Problem Number 5: More than 120 web space hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... rapidly
cPanel presents to your attention more than 120 sections inside the web space hosting Control Panel. It's a marvelous idea to pick up each one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's quite insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...