What Indeed is cPanel Web Hosting?
For your information, it's good to know that the majority of the cPanel-based website hosting offerings on the present-day website hosting market are furnished by a very insignificant marketing segment (as far as annual cash flow is concerned) dubbed hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a kind of a small-scale business niche, which furnishes an enormous number of different web hosting brand names, yet furnishing precisely the same services: mainly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Because of the fact that at least ninety eight percent of the web hosting offers on the whole website hosting marketplace provide precisely the same thing: cPanel. There's no difference at all. Even the cPanel website hosting price tags are similar. Quite similar. Leaving for those who need a top web hosting service virtually no other website hosting platform/web hosting Control Panel alternative. Thus, there is simply one single fact: out of more than 200k web hosting trademarks all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, note that one...
200,000 "website hosting corporations", all cPanel-based, yet uniquely labeled
The website hosting "diversity" and the web hosting "offers" Google reveals to us come down to just one thing: cPanel. Under 100's of 1000's of different web hosting brand names. Imagine you are just an average bloke who's not very well familiar with (as the majority of us) with the website creation procedures and the web hosting platforms, which actually power the respective domains and web portals. Are you ready to make your hosting selection? Is there any web hosting alternative you can opt for? Sure there is, as of now there are more than two hundred thousand website hosting service providers out there. Formally. Then where is the difficulty? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ different web hosting brands in the world will offer you literally the same cPanel CP and platform, labeled differently, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the assortment on the present hosting marketplace is... Period.
The website hosting LOTTERY we are all part of
Simple arithmetic shows that to come across a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a colossal strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a phenomenon like that will occur! Less than one in 50...
The advantages and disadvantages of the cPanel-based website hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was modish and probably satisfied all web hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can achieve the desired result if you have only one single domain to host. But, if you have more domains...
Negative Sign Number One: An imbecilic domain name folder system
If you have 2 or more domain names, though, be ultra cautious not to erase entirely 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 name). The files of the add-on domain names are very simple to erase on the web hosting server, since they all are set up into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain 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 domains, please. Verify for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder configuration 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 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)
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 getting confused? We positively are!
Shortcoming Number 2: The very same electronic mail folder setup
The email folder structure on the hosting server is exactly the same as that of the domain names... Making the very same error twice?!? The sysadmin chaps strongly increase their faith in God when dealing with the email folders on the mail server, praying not to bungle things up too badly.
Predicament Number Three: An utter deficiency of domain manipulation menus
Do we need to point out the utter shortage of a modern domain name administration menu - a location where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or manage domain names, change domain names' Whois information, shield the Whois info, modify/set up nameservers (DNS) and Domain Name System resource records? cPanel does not have such a "modern" menu at all. That's a mammoth inconvenience. An unforgivable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous login places (minimum two, max three)
How about the necessity for another login to access the invoice transaction, domain and technical support management system? That's aside from the cPanel login credentials you've been already given by the cPanel-based website hosting distributor. Sometimes, depending on the invoicing system (particularly invented for cPanel solely) the cPanel website hosting provider is using, the earnest customers can wind up with two extra login locations (1: the invoicing transaction/domain management user interface; 2: the ticket support tool), winding up with a total of 3 user login places (counting cPanel).
Drawback Number 5: More than one hundred and twenty website hosting Control Panel areas to become familiar with... quickly
cPanel offers to your attention more than a hundred and twenty departments inside the website hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each one of them. And you'd better become familiar with them rapidly... That's extremely arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due veneration, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based website hosting vendors:
As far as we are informed, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...