How does cpanel-based web hosting operate?
For your information, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel site hosting offers on today's webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (as far as yearly cash flow is concerned) dubbed reseller hosting. Reseller web page hosting is a sort of a small-scale business niche, which provides a huge quantity of different web hosting brands, yet supplying exactly the same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the web space hosting offerings on the entire hosting marketplace provide precisely the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those in need of a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply one fact: out of more than 200k site hosting trademarks around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mind that one...
200k "web space hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet diversely branded
The site hosting "variety" and the web space hosting "offerings" Google reveals to all of us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different website hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a regular person who's not very well aware of (as most of us) with the web page development procedures and the web page hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals . Are you prepared to make your web hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can decide upon? Of course there is, at present there are more than two hundred thousand web site hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands worldwide will offer you precisely the same cPanel site hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on the contemporary site hosting market is... Full stop.
The web hosting LOTTO we are all part of
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting distributor is a huge strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that an event like that will take place! Less than 1 in fifty...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel-based hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably answered all web space hosting business requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Problem Number 1: A stupid domain name folder structure
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra attentive not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are quite simple to remove on the web server, since they all are situated 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. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to remove the files of the add-on domain names, please. Discover for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 bewildered? We undeniably are!
Shortcoming Number Two: The very same mail folder structure
The e-mail folder arrangement on the server is precisely the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The admin guys strongly strengthen their faith in God when tackling the mail folders on the email server, hoping not to muck things up too gravely.
Negative Point No.3: An entire absence of domain management menus
Do we have to refer to the thorough lack of a modern domain management tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, alter domain names' Whois info, secure the Whois information, modify/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not include such a "contemporary" menu at all. That's a huge predicament. An unforgettable one, we want to add...
Predicament Number 4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum 3)
What about the demand for an extra login to avail of the billing, domain name and technical support administration GUI? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web page hosting corporation. Sometimes, on the basis of the invoicing system (particularly built for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is availing of, the devoted users can wind up with 2 additional login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration system; 2: the ticket support interface), ending up with an aggregate of 3 user login places (including cPanel).
Shortcoming Number 5: More than 120 CP areas to grasp... fast
cPanel offers for your consideration 120+ areas inside the web page hosting CP. It's a glorious idea to learn each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them promptly... That's excessively impertinent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel webspace hosting firms:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...