How does cpanel-based web hosting function?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel website hosting offerings on today's website hosting marketplace are generated by a quite insubstantial business segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller website hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing segment, which furnishes a great number of different web hosting trademarks, yet offering precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the webspace hosting offerings on the entire web page hosting marketplace furnish the very same thing: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Quite similar. Giving those who require a top web hosting service practically no other web space hosting platform/web site hosting CP alternative. So, there is only one single fact: out of more than 200k site hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than 2 percent, note that one...
200k "website hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely labeled
The site hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to all of us boil down to just one and the very same thing: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are only an average person who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the web page creation processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the individual domains and web sites . Are you ready to make your hosting decision? Is there any webspace hosting alternative you can settle on? Sure there is, as of now there are more than 200,000 hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than ninety eight percent of these 200,000+ unique hosting brand names around the world will offer you absolutely the same cPanel site hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with the same price tags! WOW! That's how huge the assortment on the current hosting market is... Period.
The web page hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple math shows that to select a non-cPanel based web hosting service provider is a big stroke of luck. There is a less than one in fifty chance that a thing like that will occur! Less than 1 in 50...
The pros and cons of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and presumably answered most web space hosting market requirements. In brief, cPanel can do the trick if you have only one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Downside No.1: An imbecilic domain folder arrangement
If you have two or more domains, though, be extra watchful not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub each new hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain). The files of the add-on domain names are very easy to delete on the server, because they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain, which is the very popular public_html folder. Each add-on domain is a folder located inside the folder of the default domain. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. See for yourself how terrific cPanel's domain 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)
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 becoming baffled? We definitely are!
Problem No.2: The same e-mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is literally the same as that of the domains... Making the very same mistake twice?!? The admin guys strongly reinforce their belief in God when handling the email folders on the mail server, praying not to screw things up too severely.
Negative Aspect No.3: A total lack of domain administration interfaces
Do we need to bring up the total deficiency of a contemporary domain name administration user interface - a place where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or manage domains, edit domain names' Whois info, shield the Whois details, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not offer such a "modern" section at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unjustifiable one, we want to add...
Problem No.4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
What about the demand for an additional login to utilize the billing transaction, domain and tech support administration menu? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web site hosting service provider. Now and then, depending on the invoice transaction platform (particularly built for cPanel only) the cPanel web hosting corporation is availing of, the earnest customers can end up with 2 additional logins (1: the billing/domain administration platform; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with an aggregate of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Inconvenience No.5: 120+ web hosting CP sections to get to know... swiftly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty sections inside the CP. It's a remarkable idea to learn each of them. And you'd better get familiar with them briskly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web page hosting providers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...