cPanel-based site hosting or... cPanel-based site hosting?!?
For your info, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel web hosting offerings on the present web page hosting market are provided by a quite insubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) named hosting reseller. Reseller web page hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes a big amount of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing precisely the same thing: mainly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire webspace hosting market offer strictly the same solution: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based web page hosting price tags are identical. Quite identical. Leaving for those in need of a hosting service virtually no other web space hosting platform/webspace hosting CP option. Thus, there is merely one fact: out of more than 200,000 web hosting brands around the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet distinctly named
The web site hosting "diversity" and the web site hosting "offerings" Google reveals to us boil down to just one and the very same solution: cPanel. Under 100's of thousands of different website hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are only a normal bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making procedures and the hosting platforms, which in fact power the different domains and online portals . Are you prepared to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can pick? Of course there is, right now there are more than 200k webspace hosting providers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98 percent of these 200k+ different web space hosting brands in the world will give you strictly the same cPanel website hosting CP and platform, dubbed in a different way, with the very same price tags! WOW! That's how great the variety on the present-day webspace hosting market is... Full stop.
The web space hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic reveals that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting firm is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than one in 50 chance that an event like that will happen! Less than 1 in fifty...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based web site hosting solution
Let's not be unfair with cPanel. After all, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and possibly satisfied all webspace hosting industry requirements. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one domain to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Drawback Number One: A ludicrous domain name folder setup
If you have two or more domain names, however, be ultra cautious not to erase fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each subsequent hosted domain, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domain names are quite easy to remove on the web server, because they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very well known 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 delete the files of the add-on domain names, please. Check for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name folder setup 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 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 growing perplexed? We definitely are!
Drawback Number 2: The very same e-mail folder structure
The email folder structure on the server is strictly the same as that of the domain names... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The admin blokes firmly reinforce their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to fuck things up too badly.
Disadvantage Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name management options
Do we need to refer to the thorough lack of a modern domain manipulation platform - a location where you can: register/migrate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domains' Whois information, protect the Whois info, alter/create name servers (DNS) and Domain Name System records? cPanel does not provide such a "contemporary" user interface at all. That's a colossal weakness. An unjustifiable one, we want to point out...
Weakness Number Four: Multiple user login places (min 2, max 3)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the billing, domain name and tech support administration platform? That's apart from the cPanel account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel web space hosting firm. At times, depending on the billing platform (especially meant for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting service provider is making use of, the enthusiastic users can end up with 2 extra login places (1: the invoicing/domain management interface; 2: the ticket support system), winding up with a total of three user login places (counting cPanel).
Weak Side Number Five: 120+ webspace hosting Control Panel departments to pick up... fast
cPanel presents to your attention 120+ departments inside the web site hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to become acquainted with each one of them. And you'd better pick them up briskly... That's way too impudent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based web site hosting suppliers:
As far as we know, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one as well...