How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web page hosting offerings on the current web page hosting marketplace are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to yearly cash flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a sort of a small-sized business niche, which generates a great quantity of different web hosting brand names, yet supplying one and the same services: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web site hosting offerings on the entire web hosting market offer one and the same solution: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting price tags are alike. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200,000 web space hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200k "web site hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting brand names. Imagine you are only an ordinary person who's not very familiar with (as most of us) with the web site creation processes and the web site hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any site hosting variant you can decide upon? Sure there is, these days there are more than 200,000 webspace hosting vendors out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200k+ unique site hosting brands all over the world will offer you precisely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, dubbed in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the present hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The web site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to encounter a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is an immense stroke of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will happen! Less than one in 50...
The strong and weak points of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be harsh with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably met most website hosting business prerequisites. To cut a long story short, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just a single domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Negative Sign Number One: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have two or more domain names, though, be ultra careful not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the hosting server, because they all are situated into the root folder of the default domain, which is the quite popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 getting puzzled? We definitely are!
Negative Side Number Two: The same email folder structure
The e-mail folder structure on the hosting server is strictly the same as that of the domains... Making the same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin boys strongly increase their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to muck things up too irreparably.
Negative Point No.3: An absolute deficiency of domain manipulation sections
Do we need to mention the total lack of a contemporary domain name administration platform - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domains' Whois information, shield the Whois info, alter/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not incorporate such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a great problem. An unpardonable one, we want to add...
Inconvenience Number Four: Many user login places (minimum two, maximum 3)
What about the need for an additional login to avail of the billing, domain and tech support administration software platform? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting vendor. At times, depending on the invoicing tool (especially invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting supplier is utilizing, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 extra login locations (1: the billing transaction/domain name administration system; 2: the trouble ticket support software solution), ending up with a total of three user login places (including cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number 5: More than 120 web site hosting CP sections to become acquainted with... quickly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the hosting CP. It's a great idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better memorize them quickly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...