How does cpanel-based site hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on the present-day webspace hosting marketplace are supplied by a very insubstantial marketing segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-scale marketing niche, which generates a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering one and the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the website hosting offers on the whole hosting market supply one and the very same service: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel website hosting prices are identical. Very identical. Giving those who require a top web hosting service almost no other hosting platform/site hosting Control Panel option. Thus, there is only one fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2, mark that one...
200k "web page hosting vendors", all cPanel-based, yet differently branded
The web page hosting "variety" and the hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different web page hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are simply a normal guy who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the web site creation processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the individual domain names and online portals . Are you ready to make your hosting choice? Is there any website hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than 200k hosting companies in existence. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ different site hosting brands all over the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting CP and platform, labeled differently, with absolutely the same price tags! WOW! That's how enormous the diversity on the present web space hosting marketplace is... Full stop.
The webspace hosting LOTTERY we are all paricipating in
Simple math demonstrates that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel web space hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and presumably answered all site hosting market prerequisites. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign No.1: A ludicrous domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be extra watchful not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will refer to each new hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder situated 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 fantastic cPanel's domain folder structure 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)
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 disorientated? We surely are!
Weak Point Number 2: The same electronic mail folder configuration
The mail folder arrangement on the web hosting server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Making the same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps firmly enhance their belief in God when tackling the mail folders on the e-mail server, praying not to botch things up too severely.
Drawback Number Three: A thorough lack of domain name management menus
Do we have to cite the thorough deficiency of a contemporary domain administration tool - a place where you can: register/move/renew/park or manage domains, modify domains' Whois info, protect the Whois information, alter/set up nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not supply such a "modern" menu at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An inexcusable one, we wish to point out...
Predicament No.4: Multiple user login locations (min 2, max 3)
What about the need for an extra login to access the billing transaction, domain and tech support management software solution? That's beside the cPanel account login credentials you've been already supplied by the cPanel web hosting distributor. Now and then, based on the invoicing tool (especially devised for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting supplier is using, the zealous clients can wind up with 2 additional login places (1: the billing/domain management software platform; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with an aggregate of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Negative Side Number 5: 120+ CP sections to get acquainted with... promptly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web page hosting Control Panel. It's a terrific idea to get acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get acquainted with them swiftly... That's extremely insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel website hosting companies:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Note that one too...