Description of cPanel Web Hosting
For your info, it's useful to be aware that most of the cPanel web hosting offers on today's website hosting marketplace are furnished by a quite inconsiderable business niche (as far as annual money flow is concerned) known as hosting reseller. Reseller website hosting is a type of a small-sized business niche, which furnishes a vast quantity of different web hosting trademarks, yet furnishing the very same solutions: mostly cPanel web hosting solutions. This is bad news for everybody. Why? Because at least 98 percent of the website hosting offers on the whole web hosting marketplace provide absolutely the same service: cPanel. There's no diversity at all. Even the cPanel web hosting price tags are identical. Very much alike. Leaving for those in need of a top web hosting service virtually no other hosting platform/Control Panel choice. So, there is only a single fact: out of more than two hundred thousand web hosting brands all over the world, the non-cPanel based ones are less than 2 percent! Less than two percent, remark that one...
200,000 "web hosting companies", all cPanel-based, yet differently labeled
1 website hosted
5 websites hosted
The web hosting "variety" and the web hosting "offers" Google shows to us boil down to just one thing: cPanel. Under hundreds of thousands of different web hosting trademarked names. Suppose you are merely a regular person who's not well aware of (as the majority of us) with the site development processes and the website hosting platforms, which actually power the different domain names and online portals. Are you prepared to make your web hosting choice? Is there any web hosting alternative you can choose? Sure there is, right now there are more than 200k website hosting corporations in existence. Formally. Then where is the problem? Here's where: more than 98% of these 200,000+ unique web hosting brands across the world will give you literally the same cPanel hosting Control Panel and platform, named in a different way, with precisely the same price tags! WOW! That's how big the variety on the contemporary web hosting marketplace is... Period.
The web hosting LOTTERY we are all participating in
Simple math demonstrates that to pick a non-cPanel based web hosting supplier is a great stroke of fortune. There is a less than 1 in 50 chance that a thing like that will take place! Less than one in fifty...
The strong and weak sides of the cPanel-based web hosting solution
Let's not be pitiless with cPanel. At least, in the years 2001-2004 cPanel was trendy and presumably satisfied most web hosting industry demands. To cut a long story short, cPanel can do the job for you if you have just one single domain name to host. But, if you have more domain names...
Problem Number One: A ludicrous domain folder setup
If you have two or more domains, however, be ultra cautious not to remove fully the add-on ones (that's how cPanel will call each next hosted domain name, which is not the default one: an add-on domain name). The files of the add-on domains are very simple to remove on the server, since they all are located 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 located 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. Discover for yourself how wonderful cPanel's domain name 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 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)
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 categorically are!
Predicament No.2: The very same e-mail folder arrangement
The e-mail folder structure on the web server is exactly the same as that of the domains... Repeating the same error twice?!? The admin boys strongly enhance their belief in God when tackling the email folders on the e-mail server, hoping not to screw things up too gravely.
Disadvantage Number 3: A complete deficiency of domain manipulation tools
Do we have to point out the entire shortage of a modern domain name management menu - a place where you can: register/relocate/renew/park or administer domains, modify domain names' Whois info, protect the Whois info, modify/create name servers (DNS) and DNS records? cPanel does not furnish such a "contemporary" tool at all. That's a major weakness. An unforgivable one, we wish to add...
Negative Sign No.4: Many login locations (min 2, maximum three)
What about the need for an additional login to make use of the billing, domain and tech support administration software solution? That's apart from the cPanel login credentials you've been already provided by the cPanel-based web hosting provider. Sometimes, based on the invoicing system (especially designed for cPanel solely) the cPanel web hosting distributor is using, the ardent users can end up with 2 additional login locations (1: the billing/domain name management user interface; 2: the ticket support software solution), winding up with a total of three user login locations (including cPanel).
Downside No.5: More than one hundred and twenty web hosting CP departments to get acquainted with... briskly
cPanel offers for your consideration more than a hundred and twenty areas inside the website hosting Control Panel. It's a wonderful idea to pick up each and every one of them. And you'd better become acquainted with them quickly... That's very insolent on cPanel's side.
With all due respect, we have a rhetorical question for all cPanel web hosting corporations:
As far as we are aware of, it's not the year 2001, is it? Mark that one too...