Definition of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's good to be aware that most of the cPanel-based hosting offers on the present-day web hosting market are furnished by a quite inconsiderable marketing segment (when it comes to yearly cash flow) known as reseller hosting. Reseller web hosting is a sort of a small-size marketing niche, which supplies an enormous number of different web hosting brands, yet furnishing strictly the same solutions: chiefly cPanel web hosting services. This is bad news for everyone. Why? Owing to the fact that at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the entire website hosting market offer one and the very same thing: cPanel. There's no variety at all. Even the cPanel-based hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Giving those who need a top web hosting service practically no other web hosting platform/web hosting CP option. So, there is just one single fact: out of more than 200,000 hosting brands worldwide, the non-cPanel based ones are less than two percent! Less than 2%, mind that one...
200k "hosting service providers", all cPanel-based, yet diversely dubbed
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The hosting "variety" and the website hosting "offerings" Google shows to all of us come down to merely one and the same thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Imagine you are just an ordinary chap who's not very familiar with (as the majority of us) with the site making processes and the hosting platforms, which actually power the separate domain names and online portals. Are you ready to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting option you can opt for? Of course there is, at the moment there are more than 200k website hosting suppliers in existence. Officially. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these more than two hundred thousand unique website hosting brands worldwide will give you absolutely the same cPanel web hosting Control Panel and platform, branded in a different way, with literally the same price tags! WOW! That's how vast the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple arithmetic demonstrates that to choose a non-cPanel based web hosting vendor is a mammoth strike of luck. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that something like that will happen! Less than 1 in 50...
The upsides and downsides of the cPanel hosting solution
Let's not be merciless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was fashionable and perhaps met all website hosting industry demands. In brief, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domains...
Weak Point Number One: A foolish domain folder configuration
If you have 2 or more domains, though, be extremely watchful not to delete completely the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will dub 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 easy to remove on the server, since they all are placed into the root folder of the default domain name, which is the very famous public_html folder. Each add-on domain name is a folder placed inside the folder of the default domain name. Like a sub-folder. Next time attempt not to delete the files of the add-on domains, please. Decide for yourself how excellent cPanel's domain name folder arrangement 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)
Are you becoming baffled? We positively are!
Problem Number 2: The same electronic mail folder arrangement
The email folder structure on the web server is absolutely the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same mistake twice?!? The admin chaps strongly strengthen their belief in God when coping with the email folders on the e-mail server, praying not to bungle things up too fatally.
Negative Point Number Three: A complete shortage of domain name administration tools
Do we need to mention the utter absence of a modern domain name administration tool - a location where you can: register/transfer/renew/park or administer domain names, edit domain names' Whois details, shield the Whois details, edit/set up name servers (DNS) and DNS resource records? cPanel does not contain such a "contemporary" interface at all. That's a major downside. An unforgettable one, we wish to point out...
Negative Sign Number Four: Numerous user login places (minimum two, maximum three)
How about the need for an extra login to avail of the invoice transaction, domain name and technical support management section? That's aside from the cPanel user account login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel hosting firm. At times, on the basis of the billing transaction system (particularly devised for cPanel exclusively) the cPanel hosting distributor is making use of, the eager users can wind up with 2 extra logins (1: the invoicing/domain administration software platform; 2: the trouble ticket support user interface), ending up with a total of 3 user login locations (including cPanel).
Negative Point Number Five: More than 120 web hosting Control Panel departments to grasp... briskly
cPanel presents for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty menus inside the web hosting CP. It's a remarkable idea to get familiar with each and every one of them. And you'd better grasp them briskly... That's excessively arrogant on cPanel's side.
With all due appreciation, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel-based hosting firms:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Remark that one as well...