What is cPanel Website Hosting?
For your information, it's useful to know that most of the cPanel Website Hosting offerings on the current web hosting market are supplied by a quite unsubstantial marketing niche (when it comes to annual money flow) called hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business segment, which generates an enormous amount of different web hosting brand names, yet providing literally the same thing: mostly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Due to the fact that at least 98% of the website hosting offerings on the entire hosting market supply literally the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel-based Website Hosting prices are similar. Very similar. Giving those who need a top web hosting service almost no other website hosting platform/website hosting Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brand names all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2 percent, remark that one...
200k "Website Hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The Website Hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to merely one solution: cPanel. Under hundreds of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are simply a normal guy who's not very well familiar with (as most of us) with the site creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and web pages. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k web hosting suppliers out there. Officially. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200k+ different web hosting brands across the world will offer you the same cPanel web hosting CP and platform, labeled in a different way, with exactly the same price tags! WOW! That's how immense the variety on the present web hosting market is... Full stop.
The Website Hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple mathematics reveals that to run into a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth stroke of fortune. There is a less than one in fifty chance that something like that will occur! Less than one in fifty...
The positive and negative aspects of the cPanel-based Website Hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and probably satisfied all web hosting industry demands. To put it briefly, cPanel can do the trick if you have only a single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Inconvenience No.1: A dumb domain folder structure
If you have 2 or more domain names, however, be very attentive not to erase completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each new 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 delete on the web hosting server, since they all are located into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the quite famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name 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. Decide for yourself how good cPanel's domain folder structure is:public_html (here my-default-domain.com is placed)
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)
Are you growing disorientated? We absolutely are!
Drawback No.2: The very same electronic mail folder system
The e-mail folder arrangement on the web server is precisely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the very same mistake twice?!? The sysadmin guys firmly enhance their faith in God when tackling the e-mail folders on the electronic mail server, hoping not to bungle things up too irretrievably.
Predicament Number 3: A thorough absence of domain name administration menus
Do we need to cite the total shortage of a modern domain manipulation GUI - a location where you can: register/move/renew/park or administer domains, edit domains' Whois information, secure the Whois info, edit/create nameservers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "modern" tool at all. That's a gigantic drawback. An unpardonable one, we would like to point out...
Shortcoming Number 4: Many user login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for an extra login to use the invoicing transaction, domain and technical support administration software solution? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel Website Hosting distributor. Now and then, on the basis of the invoicing transaction platform (principally developed for cPanel solely) the cPanel Website Hosting distributor is making use of, the ardent customers can wind up with two extra login places (1: the invoicing transaction/domain name management platform; 2: the trouble ticket support GUI), ending up with an aggregate of 3 login locations (counting cPanel).
Negative Aspect Number Five: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting CP areas to grasp... briskly
cPanel offers to your attention more than one hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a fantastic idea to grasp each and every one of them. And you'd better get familiar with them promptly... That's way too insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due recognition, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel Website Hosting suppliers:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one too...