How does cpanel-based hosting function?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel hosting offers on today's web space hosting market are generated by a very unsubstantial business segment (as far as annual capital flow is concerned) called hosting reseller. Reseller web space hosting is a type of a small marketing segment, which provides a vast number of different web hosting brands, yet offering the very same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98% of the web page hosting offers on the whole web site hosting marketplace supply one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel webspace hosting prices are alike. Very much alike. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web page hosting platform/web page hosting Control Panel choice. Thus, there is simply a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web site hosting brands in the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2%! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "web space hosting distributors", all cPanel-based, yet differently dubbed
The webspace hosting "variety" and the webspace hosting "offerings" Google presents to us come down to merely one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a normal person who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website making processes and the webspace hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting pick? Is there any webspace hosting variant you can decide upon? Of course there is, nowadays there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting vendors in existence. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique webspace hosting brand names in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how great the assortment on today's hosting marketplace is... Period.
The site hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to chance upon a non-cPanel based web hosting provider is a huge stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in 50 chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The positive and negative points of the cPanel-based web page hosting solution
Let's not be relentless with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and possibly answered all web hosting market requirements. To put it briefly, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have just one domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Predicament No.1: A moronic domain name folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be very attentive not to delete fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time try not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Examine for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain folder configuration 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 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 becoming disorientated? We surely are!
Inconvenience Number Two: The very same email folder setup
The e-mail folder configuration on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin chums strongly enhance their faith in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too gravely.
Negative Point Number Three: A thorough shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to cite the entire shortage of a modern domain administration GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois info, shield the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not have such a "contemporary" section at all. That's a considerable inconvenience. An unforgettable one, we want to point out...
Drawback Number 4: Multiple user login places (min two, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to use the invoicing, domain name and tech support administration user interface? That's apart from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel website hosting supplier. At times, on the basis of the invoicing transaction system (particularly meant for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel web hosting distributor is making use of, the devoted clients can end up with 2 extra login locations (1: the invoice transaction/domain administration software; 2: the ticket support software solution), ending up with an aggregate of three user login places (including cPanel).
Weak Point Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty CP areas to get familiar with... swiftly
cPanel presents to your attention more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the hosting Control Panel. It's a great idea to become acquainted with each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them rapidly... That's quite arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting corporations:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mind that one too...